The Reggio Emilia Approach

All programs at Imagination Station focus on building self-help and confidence skills. They are age-appropriate and help develop all senses through sensory play, art & music, math & science, reading & writing, and physical education. We believe in promoting a child's natural curiosity through play, encouraging children to follow their own unique learning style and creativity. At Imagination Station, our philosophy is informed in part by the Reggio Emilia Approach. Developed after World War II in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, it is recognized worldwide for its unique educational methods. The Reggio Emilia Approach is based upon the following set of principles:

Children must have some sort of control over the direction of their learning

Children must be able to learn through experience: touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing

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

Children must be provided endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

At Imagination Station, we believe a child must have influence over his or her own daily activity so that learning can make sense from their own point of view. Our monthly educational themes are geared toward the children's current interests. This natural approach helps strengthen the child's curiosity, creativity, and concentration; all critical thinking skills needed by the time your child is ready for kindergarten.