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At Jewish Beginnings, our teachers and staff members alike seek to research and  embrace the image of the child. We believe in educating the whole child and use  specific educational goals to create an appropriate curriculum that has intentional  progression and views the children as competent learners. 

The Reggio Emilia philosophy, in conjunction with meaningful Judaic content  encompasses the philosophies which our school stands behind, for best practices in  early childhood education. The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education  has attracted the worldwide attention of educators and researchers. The National  Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), has a revised version of  developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) guidelines that includes examples from  the Reggio approach.

The following are some key features of Reggio Emilia's early childhood curriculum:


The role of the environment-as-teacher

  • Great attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom, the Reggio approach often refers to the environment as the "third teacher".

  • Teachers create environments rich in possibilities and provocations to extend exploration and problem-solving.

Children's multiple symbolic languages

  • Using the arts as symbolic languages through which to express understanding in their project work.

Documentation as assessment and advocacy

  • Documenting and displaying the children's project work, which is necessary for children to express, revisit, and construct and reconstruct their feelings, ideas and understandings.

  • Teachers act as recorders (documenters) for the children, helping them trace and revisit their words and actions, thereby making their learning visible.

Long-Term Projects

  • Supporting and enriching children's learning through in-depth, short-term (one week) and long-term (throughout the school year) project work.

  • Projects are child-centered, following their interests, returning again and again to add new insights.

The Teacher as Researcher

  • The role of the teacher is first and foremost to be that of a learner alongside the children. The teacher is a teacher-researcher, a resource and guide as she/he lends expertise to children.

  • Within such a teacher-researcher role, educators carefully listen, observe, and document children's work and the growth of community in their classroom and are there to provoke and stimulate thinking.

Home-school relationships

  • Children, teachers, parents, and community are interactive and work together, building a community of inquiry between adults and children.