The Atelier and the artist

November 14th, 2008 by Kristin

This morning, Sadie, Silas and I attended a special art event at Jude’s school, Maplewood-Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. It was held in the Atelier (pronounced “uh-tell-ee-ay”) and is French for art studio. His school subscribes to an educational philosophy called Reggio Emilia, which originated in Italy. These are some of the basic truths of the program:
* Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
* children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
* children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore;
and children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
I love that aesthetics are really emphasized- that children are trusted with real materials such as glass, wood and metals. They are encouraged to do real art and construct real projects with hammers and nails (under appropriate supervision) We really have enjoyed our experience in this building and look forward to Sadie and Silas getting to be a part of this great program as well!

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