Our destination is co-building the “rich” child
We believe in the child as a “social entity”. As a personality that, since coming into the world, interacts with their social environment, expresses their wishes and actively seeks to participate in everything that concerns them personally. A child who acts as an “expert” regarding their life, and in this effort, unfolds a wide range of communicative and expressive skills. Children construct their knowledge through communication, using their own unique ways, developing all their potential “languages”, the expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, logical and metaphorical ones.
We opt for the children’s active participation in far-reaching projects concerning real-life issues, their interests or experiences, in the context of which they take decisions and reveal their ideas. Along the lines of Peggio Emilia’s pedagogy, we actively reinforce relations among children, parents, teachers. Collegiality and cooperation are indispensable in an education of dialogue and “listening”. Therefore, in “Reggio- Thessaloniki” premises, the piazza, the atelier, the library, the classes, the kitchen, the personnel and the children do not simply meet; rather, they interact, communicate and exchange ideas.
Loris Malaguzzi’s most powerful impact today is the eclecticism of various pedagogical ideas, adapted to a distinctive cultural idiosyncrasy and identity of a people/society/community. Both the culture and the historic context in which Reggio Emilia’ s pedagogic documentation was developed constitute an incomparable uniqueness. Echoing this very philosophy, Reggio Thessaloniki embraces the fundamental characteristics of Reggio Emilia’ innovative pedagogy, combined with influences from the Forest Schools( in Scandinavian countries), as well as Maria Montessori’s theory and methodology. We transubstantiate the philosophy of an eclectic pedagogy adapted to the modern Greek society, and more specifically, to our distinctive cultural idiosyncrasy, embodying our unique customs and traditions. The education that will prepare the new humanity has a single objective: to guide the individual as well as humanity to a higher level of development.