A central facet of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education involves documenting the children’s learning–making it visible to parents, to the larger community and to the children themselves.
Through the creation and thoughtful curation of written and photographic forms of documentation derived from observing and interacting with the children, our teachers highlight the children’s meaningful work–evident in their play, in their questions and conversations, and in their project work–in an effort to provide them with a continuous source of reflection through which to recognize their accomplishments and derive inspiration for further inquiry.
As part of our program, we aim to make digital reproductions of teacher documentation (transcriptions of dialogue and/or dictated stories, photographs of daily activities, teacher observations and commentary about the children’s project work, etc.) available to parents on a regular basis. Documentation is also used as a supporting medium for parent-teacher conferences held in January and late May/early June.