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Early Childhood Program



Early Childhood Program



"The pleasure of learning, of knowing, and of understanding is one of the most important and basic feelings that every child expects from the experiences he confronts alone, with other children, or with adults. It is a crucial feeling which must be reinforced so that the pleasure survives even when reality may prove that learning, knowing, and understanding involve difficultly and effort. It is in this very capacity for survival that pleasure is turned into pure joy" - Luis Malaguzzi.

What is the "Reggio Emilia" Approach?

The Reggio Emilia philosophy of early education places great value on the child as a strong, capable, resilient learner.  IFS firmly believe that every child brings with them a deep curiosity to construct further understanding and sense making of the world and it is the job of educators to guide the youngest of learners on their exploration.  This chaperoning occurs throughout the school day in studio art, music, creative movement and all exposure to early literacy, numeracy and scientific exploration in Mandarin and English.

There are several profound understandings that guide our adoption of Reggio Emilia learning. 

  • Children are capable of constructing their own learning. They are driven by their interests to understand more of the world around them. 
  • Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others. This is a social and collaborative and continual process. New information forces the child to re-construct old truths, and to form new important meanings. 
  • The Environment is a Third Teacher. At IFS, our environment is filled with natural light, order and beauty. Every area offers the child an invitation to explore and to take their learning deeper and deeper. It is equally the job of the teacher and environment to inspire children. 
  • Documentation of children's thoughts and ideas. Documentation of a child's progression of thinking and ideas is a backbone of the curriculum. IFS carefully documents each child's thoughts and musings through photographs, transcriptions, visual representations, videos and anecdotal records. These are proudly displayed in our classroom, serve as an important link between learning and self and are utilized in discussion between parents and school. 



Reggio Alliance North America

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Education Online