Learnings from Reggio Emilia

Currently in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Principal Shauna Colnan continues to deepen her understanding of experiential, relationship-driven early childhood education.

Ms Colnan has been captivated by “an inspiring architectural and pedagogical feature at the heart of the nursery schools of Reggio Emilia” called the “atelier”.

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Views of the atelier

“I love the thought of young children learning in these re-purposed and refurbished spaces,” Ms Colnan said.

The atelier is a place which combines thought, research, invention and expression.

“Rays of light beam onto the children’s work in the atelier, with nothing but the sound of birdsong,” she said.

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Light streaming through to the atelier

Ateliers are constructed in partnership with professionals of various proficiencies, such as architects, teachers, engineers, musicians, artists and so on.

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Ms Colnan exploring more of the atelier 

Ms Colnan looks forward to “sharing insights from the Reggio Emilia Educational Project with colleagues, students and our community back at IGS”.