August 12, 2016 | No comments yet | Activities, Kid Time, Parenting Advice

The Big Three: Comparing Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia Learning Philosophies

You may think all classrooms are created the same, but you’d be surprised. Varying philosophies guide educators, even starting as young as birth.

Three of the most famous are Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.

Montessori may be a familiar term to many people; it’s child centered with teachers that do more guiding than formal instruction. Teachers also remain with students for multiple years, helping children find areas of interest and relying on special toys, too. Waldorf is play based; there’s lots of outdoor time and creativity, too. Teachers focus on imagination and creativity, among other topics like singing and painting. Reggio Emilia hopes to guide students to become good citizens, with project based learning and teachers that remain with a class for three years.

There are other specific differences; use this graphic to delineate them and understand these three interesting philosophies better.


This is a guest post by Kiersten Bush of Ghergich & Co.


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