The philosophical approach of Terra Nova Nature School is inspired by the work of educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy. These Municipally run programs for preschoolers were established after World War II as a response to citizens experiences of living under oppressive Fascist regimes. Parents literally built new schools out of the rubble of abandoned buildings. They imagined places where their children would learn to challenge themselves, think critically, and live peacefully together:
“Our goal is to build an amiable school, where children, teachers and families feel at home. Such a school requires careful thinking and planning concerning procedures, motivations and interests. It must embody ways of getting along together, of intensifying relationships.”
Edwards, Gandini, and Forman (editors),
The Hundred Languages of Children (Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1993).
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