In Reggio-inspired programmes, the environment with its vibrant and open learning spaces, is often referred to as the “third teacher”. Its setting is designed to not only be functional but also beautiful and reflective of the child’s learning. The purposeful design and placement of learning materials is to facilitate the child’s development. The curriculum, often emergent in nature, is based on the interests of the children and that is why we spare no effort in painting a physical canvas that stimulates their senses, unleashes their innate creativity and encourages their natural urge to explore.
|Learning Space:||Art Atelier|
|There are hundreds of ways that children can express, explore and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings. At the multi-sensorial Art Atelier, the children are provided with various tools, mediums and materials that allow their imagination and creativity to flow.|
|Learning Space:||Light Atelier|
|Children learn by observing, imagining and doing. At the Imaginary Playscape, children get to explore the world from different perspectives. Make-believe play stimulates their imagination and helps to develop their language skills as they collaborate and cooperate with their peers.|
|Learning Space:||Imaginary Playscape|
|Children learn by observing, imagining and doing. At the Imaginary Playscape, children get to explore the world from different perspectives. Make believe play stimulates their imagination and helps to develop their language skills as they collaborate and cooperate with their peers.|
|Learning Space:||Busy Baker|
|In our Busy Baker kitchens, children get a chance to engage in sensorial activities and hands-on practical experiences. Getting children involved in cooking and baking helps them develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and learn early concepts of math and science.|
|Learning Space:||Discovery Cove|
|The first impression a child gets when he or she steps in the Discovery Cove is the experience of being one with nature. With the availability of authentic and natural materials, children embark on a sensorial exploration that encourages observation and analysis skills – just like a young sleuth.|
|Learning Space:||Construction Piazza|
|With a variety of blocks, Lego and recycled materials available for connecting and disconnecting, stacking and constructing, the sky is the limit at the Construction Piazza. Through block and building play, children develop problem-solving and cognitive thinking skills and are able to express their creativity in their own unique ways.|
|Learning Space:||Finger Gym|
|Handwriting is an intricate process for young children and their fingers and fine motor skills will need all the help they can get. The Finger Gym promotes hand-eye coordination, dexterity and cognitive abilities. With the use of inviting materials, tools and objects, it supports the development of a child’s early writing skills.|
|Learning Space:||Transient Art|
|Beautifully found objects and natural materials that can move, be manipulated and redesigned supports creativity and innovation in a child. Transient art offers many open-ended art possibilities with loose parts for the children to experiment with and grow into a divergent thinker.|
The Reggio Emilia approach was created on the belief that children formed their individuality in the early years of their development.
This framework sees children as curious and rich with wonder and knowledge. In the atelier spaces, young children are offered daily opportunities to encounter many types of materials, many expressive languages, many points of view, working actively with their hands, minds and emotions.
Children need a space to unleash their ambitions and unlock their potential. In the Reggio Emilia classroom, focus is made not only on how the surrounding space looks like but also how it feels from a child’s perspective. Classrooms are aesthetically capturing and encourages the young ones to dive deeper into their interests and learn independently based on their understandings and perceptions.
Bearing this in mind, a Reggio Emilia classroom is equipped with varied facilities and materials to foster spontaneous learning, individual study and project work. The array of natural materials provides an infinite number of possibilities and convey a sense of calmness and tranquillity for the children.
How Mulberry Learning incorporates the learning spaces into the curriculum
In a Reggio Emilia environment, children are viewed as explorers, driven by curiosity with strong observational skills and an ability to form theories about the world around them.
A child’s creative expressions, otherwise known as “The Hundred Languages”, is their way of communicating his understanding about the world around him. Children are able to discover information through all their senses and from multiple angles – scientifically, artistically, musically and narratively.
At Mulberry Learning, the team of teachers carefully organise the learning spaces to make way for group projects as well as individual exploration. The vibrant colours, interesting learning spaces and a diversity of loose pieces and natural materials is aesthetically pleasing but also holds an important function in a Mulberry Learning classroom.
These visually stimulating invitations are meant to engage the children and provide them with new experiences and connections. Lessons are based on the collaboration of the child’s wonder and the sharing of ideas that leads to
open-ended and often long-term projects that allow them to further explore their interests with the teacher’s guidance.
The children’s learning are self-directed and facilitated by their teachers,ensuring that they find fun in learning.CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE