The pleasure of learning, of knowing, and of understanding is one of the most important and basic feelings that every child expects from the experiences he confronts alone, with other children, or with adults. It is a crucial feeling which must be reinforced so that the pleasure survives even when reality may prove that learning, knowing, and understanding involve difficulty and effort. It is in this very capacity for survival that pleasure is transformed into pure joy.–Loris Malaguzzi
At Ventana the tenets of the Hundred Languages of the Reggio Emilia philosophy are reflected in every classroom “atelier,”/studio and on every playground. With an uncommonly low student to teacher ratio and a full suite of specialist teachers to guide both academics and the arts, students - from our two-year old preschool through elementary level 5th grade - are met and honored at their developmental level, then challenged to explore and experience, to go deep, and to reflect on what it means to be a ‘constructor of knowledge.’
Ventana School takes its "arts-infused" inspiration from the education centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We seek to foster a learning community of children, families, and teachers who place listening and relationships at the heart of their work. Consistent with Vygotsky's social-cultural philosophy, learning at Ventana is a joint venture between students and teachers who come together in an active process of inquiry and discovery. At Ventana, we value the learning process and honor the concept of time for discovery. While skill building and content areas are intentionally embedded in our experiential curriculum, the direction for investigation and inquiry emerges from children's interests and experiences. Teachers closely monitor student interest, prepare challenging provocations and invitations, and set both internal and external environments that engage and stimulate thinking, curiosity, and imagination. In-depth study and project work emerge from children's ideas and questions.
Ventana students develop a passion and commitment for life-long learning. As our children experience themselves as creators, engaged in inquiry and critical thinking, they are motivated from within. Because creative problem solving begins by valuing differences and gaining new insights, Ventana children explore ideas that are enriched by collaboration and tested by negotiation. Ventana children are given clear voice through presentation and public speaking. Children at Ventana -- urged to think, inquire, and invent -- become listeners, negotiators, and leaders. They grow in into individuals who can express creative confidence.
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.
A hundred always a hundred…
from the poem “No way. The hundred is there.”
by Loris Malaguzzi. Translated by Lella Gandini