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Celebrating Children Day by Day in Reggio Emilia - A Conversation with Amelia Gambetti

by Lella Gandini
November/December 1994
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What we do every day celebrates children and the work of teachers. With great care, we create a friendly, responsive environment for children - an environment that invites children to action and exploration. We are ready to continually adjust that environment according to the interests of children and our own observations and reflections.

An environment for children must be rich, with well thought out activities and carefully arranged materials. It must include carefully designed areas that support encounters and communication among children and protect a child's need for more intimate moments.

In the schools for young children of Reggio Emilia, Italy, we support each child's construction of his or her own identity and each child's potential; this is a way to celebrate children day by day. We celebrate this particular community of children, each moment of discovery, each step of learning, the work of these children - each child.

Children have a right to be celebrated this way. While it is true that traditional celebrations of birthdays and festivities should be part of the school, what happens every day often has a much deeper meaning for us as teachers, for the families, and ...

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