Reasons for the Reggio approach in preschool

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Reasons for the Reggio approach in preschool

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I decided to have a Reggio inspired preschool because I feel that the Reggio approach really meets the needs of the child on a very developmental level. The Reggio approach has three protagonists, children, parents, and teachers. They all negotiate and work together to form the curriculum. I think that is so exciting because the curriculum is then so hands-on, so fresh and we are learning together. The learning goes very deep that way. It really meets the needs of the children, of where they are developmentally. It really helps them to grow and be self-regulated in a way in learning of context of what they know, versus in context of what we know. When children learn in context, they learn things deeper and they have a love of learning.

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Sara Schuelein Perets

Preschool Director

Sara Schuelein Perets is the founder and director of The Sunshine Shack preschool and the co-founder of Super Duper Arts Camp which is a summer camp and after school enrichment program designed for ages four to 14. Sara also teaches seminars and workshops to educators on process based art and exploration and is a parent educator. 

Sara’s original background was in art and classical texts and her first teaching assignment was teaching Shakespeare in Middle Schools. This experience inspired her to further her education in teaching where she found her true calling in early childhood.  She became fascinated by observing how young children could learn and develop from interacting with their environments. She has been working in the early childhood field for 15 years. Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the importance for quality in the early childhood field.

Sara’s approach to working with young children is one of respect and empathy while seeing each child for their individual needs.  Her workshops on child-led, process-based art reflects the child’s ideas and views of their world. Her seminars for parents are focused on the importance of how language can reflect who they are and how they see themselves. She believes our language and communication are powerful tools to help children gain critical thinking skills. 

Sara lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

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