“Don't underestimate children” by Loris Malaguzzi
We are Reggio-Inspired school.
Reggio approach is a pre-school education, which is attracting worldwide attention.
Reggio-Inspired school is a school that has evolved according to the country’s culture, environment and individual. While cherishing Japanese culture, we aim to evolve and practice Reggio approach that suits the environment of Tokyo.
What is Reggio Approach?
Reggio approach is a pre-school education method founded in Italy. It is an approach that brings out children’s inherent ability and curiosity by exploring various art materials. In the U.S., it has been adopted by Google and Disney headquarters’ in-house kindergartens, as well as in public kindergartens in Berkeley, California where many entrepreneurs live.
Characteristics of Reggio approach:
①Group project activities.
②Artworks using wide variety of materials.
③“Documentation” that records the learning process of children.
Also, one of the most important things is “The image of the child”.
In Reggio, children are seen as “intelligent, competent, creative, and worthy individual”. Therefore, at Reggio schools, we respect children, and children play the leading role. The teachers always keep this in mind when engaging with children.
What is Kodomo Edu？
We invited a Reggio approach school teacher from the U.S. to Japan to conduct an English Art Summer School for children. In 2 years, about 140 children attended the course and it has become a very popular program in Tokyo. We also held special classes where children learned directly from professional artists.
We continued to create opportunities for children to experience the world’s top creativity, and were able to finally open our own school in Nakameguro. In addition to that, for the parents who are highly interested in better education in Tokyo, we held several events talking about “Education for the next generation’s children, and to think about mom’s and dad’s future work shifts / life shift”.
In one year, 180 people gathered for the events, and attracted public attention. Our mission is to provide a place for learning, where children, moms, and dads can express and use their talents to act vigorously.