Our pedagogy is based on the work of Loris Malaguzzi, an Italian pedagogue and founder of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which is widely considered to be the best educational approach in the world. Malaguzzi was able to bring together the best of various pedagogies to develop his own that places the child at the center of the educational experience.
Perhaps the best testament to the success of this approach is in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy itself, as well as in the Finnish public education system, which is based on the foundations of the Reggio Emilia philosophy applied across all levels of education, resulting in Finland’s top ranking in quality of education for more than thirty years.
Based on those same foundations, learning occurs naturally at Hábitat Learning Community based on actual needs and on the children’s own curiosity and interests.
Students learn the scientific method through collaborative research projects, thereby developing their capacity for analytical thought. Any mistakes that may arise during their research are taken as learning opportunities.
The skills that our students develop are not only cognitive, but also social and emotional. A sound socioemotional foundation enables academic and artistic development to flourish.
We believe in the importance of pedagogic documentation as a learning tool for children and adults, and it is the most essential way that we give visibility to our work with the children. This kind of documentation allows the cognitive processes of children and adults to be understood and recorded over time. This process also allow us to conduct a reflective analysis of our metacognitive processes and our individual and collective actions. It allows us to see how we are communicating verbally and emotionally and to analyze our decisions and their effects.
At Hábitat Learning Community®, we recognize that children have many diverse ways of expressing themselves. For this reason, we encourage their creativity through many different channels: a wide range of audiovisual and plastic arts, music, movement, dance, and oral and written communication, among others. Our artistic, culinary, psychomotor, and other ateliers offer the children an opportunity to choose from many different “languages” to demonstrate their creativity.
We are aware of the central role of play in childhood, and we acknowledge its importance as the primary tool for childhood learning. Play is the means whereby the child develops motor skills, creativity, and abstract thought. It is through play that children learn strategies for social interaction and to express their way of seeing and understanding the world.