A Playful Approach

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  • The Reggio Emilia Approach to Teaching

    Our Early Childhood program incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach in its pedagogy. This educational philosophy is rooted in the idea that learning should be play-based and student-centered.

    Play prepares our students for future learning, as it helps them to develop the senses, small and large motor skills, communication skills, thinking skills, and self-regulation skills. Early Childhood teachers thoughtfully plan the classroom play environment, giving each student the opportunity to define their pace, express themselves, and develop academic confidence.
We learned that though we can’t be Reggio Emilia itself, we can and must fully embrace our unique qualities with integrity, which makes Sewickley Academy such a special place for children to learn and grow.

~Lindsey Petruska and Crista Pryor

Based on the Principles:

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  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;

  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing;

  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they must be allowed to explore;

  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

Early Childhood Program

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  • Adapts Reggio Emilia Approach to Teaching at Sewickley Academy

    By: Lindsey Petruska and Crista Pryor