REV It UP! Relationships, Experiences, Values

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The first five years of life; a time of wonder, imagination, creativity and discovery, are marked by incredibly rapid development of both mind and body. Through play, interaction with others, and exploration of the world around them, children reveal their emerging personalities and identities. While a child’s home is the most central of environments in which to learn and explore, children benefit enormously from widening the circle of individuals with whom they interact. Through relationships with adults and peers; learning by doing as part of playful experiences that emerge from children’s interests; and a focus on values, children set lifelong foundations from which to learn, develop, and thrive. 

In some places throughout history and around the world, children have been organically embraced in communities of caring relationships, engaging experiences, and meaningful values. However, more often than not, parents in contemporary times are tasked with the challenge of actively putting together their own community, their own village, so vital to nurturing children’s healthy development. Many turn to childcare and learning centers, not only out of a need for their children to be cared for while they are at work, but out of a commitment to providing an exemplary environment for their children. Embracing the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, Discovery Village is actively designed to be the village children and families deserve, grounded in these three central pillars: relationships, experiences, and values.

Relationships

We consider relationships to be the fundatmental, organizing strategy of our educational system.

Loris Malaguzzi

Founder of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education

Grounded in the educational vision of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia approach, relationships between children and teachers as well as peers are not an “added bonus”, a nice benefit for families who choose a childcare center rather than in-home care. They are at the very center of our understanding of powerful learning for children. Through developing friendships, and forging strong bonds with their teachers, children learn about themselves, others, and their world. They develop social-emotional vital for success and well-being, while experiencing the joy of being understood, appreciated, and respected for who they are and for who they are in the process of becoming.

Experiences

Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known.

Loris Malaguzzi

Founder of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education

At Discovery Village our curriculum is dynamic, emerging from children’s interests. Guided by children’s creativity and curiosity, each day children participate in multiple projects incorporating the arts and sciences, literacy and math. Topics of exploration have included life in a science lab, on a farm, as an astronaut, in a museum, and within a transportation center. A vibrant village, located in the lower Hudson valley and its magnificent changing seasons, the outside world is incorporated into our learning as children spend time daily in our playground and on nature walks, from which they bring back materials from the outdoors to include in our learning. Celebrations are also incorporated into our learning with holidays as varied as Friendsgiving, Pablo Picasso’s birthday, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) day, and pajama day. These events bring us together as a village, engaged in learning and fun.

Values

Our image is of a child who has his/her own values and is adept at building relationships of solidarity.

Carla Rinaldi

Renowned Leader the Reggio Emilia Schools; President of Reggio Children 

The parents who built the very first of the Reggio-Emilia schools, in the days following World War II, were deeply motivated by the desire to prepare their children to stand strong against oppression, injustice, and inequality. From those courageous beginnings, many Reggio-inspired schools throughout the world have embraced a deep concern for nurturing values central to their own communities and contexts. At Discovery Village, supporting children to live values of care for themselves, others, and their world is central to our experience. In age appropriate ways, children are supported to be good friends and good villagers, doing what they are able to contribute to the betterment of others.

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