LEARNING IS A COLLABORATIVE ART
The Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood education emphasizes the playful, creative nature of children – not just as an inherent quality, but as a key tool for learning. By embracing children as active participants in their own education, we create an environment that encourages cooperation, problem solving and creativity – skills that are becoming increasingly sought after in the modern world.
Our philosophy is guided by several key principles
TEACHERS AS CO-LEARNERS
At Villa Kinderwelt-German Kindergarten Doha, teachers are partners in the learning process, using tools of listening, observing, and flexibility to create the learning space. When teachers observe interests within the classroom, they offer provocations, guidance and insights to extend topics of investigation and encourage problem solving skills.
EMERGENT, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
Our curriculum emerges from the interests of the children. If an interesting ladybug is found on the playground, we might begin a project on insects- researching their habitats, diet, or defining characteristics. Across all classrooms and projects, literacy, mathematics, and science are naturally interwoven as the curriculum unfolds, rather than boxed off into artificially compartmentalized disciplines.
ENVIRONMENT AS TEACHER
The environment is considered to be the third teacher, and is designed for learning and exploration that fosters the development of the child’s one hundred languages. The classroom is meant to be an extension of the rest of the child’s world, and is therefore designed with a beauty and complexity that reflects the culture in which the children are growing.
Our environment is offering open-ended materials for children to explore, play, and learn freely. An environment that helps children feel safe and supported creates opportunities for emotional, social, and physical growth.up
To highlight the learning process and ongoing project work, teachers utilize multiple forms of documentation, including photographs, dictations, and artwork. Samples of each child’s interests and developmental milestones are recorded in an individual portfolio, and shared with families on a regular basis. Our teachers also send regular emails sharing information about classroom projects, ensuring that families feel included in the activities and interests we see emerging in our playgrounds and classrooms.
The Reggio approach values relationships as important places of learning and growth. At Villa Kinderwelt-German Kindergarten Doha, children are encouraged to be active members of the classroom, use proactive language, and develop positive peer relationships – including a strong emphasis on our Kindness Principles.
This sense of community extends beyond the classroom as we encourage families, local businesses and community groups to stay connected with us and become an active part of our learning family.
With class activities emerging from the interests of the children themselves, a sound understanding of children’s developmental stages and emotional and intellectual needs is crucial to shaping a successful curriculum.
With Kindness you reflect your respect
Kindness is not just an abstract principle or a nice idea. It’s about practical skills and real world values that children will apply throughout their lives.
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