Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

Reggio-Inspired

Our Early Childhood Environment is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in the area surrounding Reggio Emilia, Italy. While Reggio-inspired schools look different from each other, they all keep the community in which the children are members central to their design. The philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
 
  • Children will have some control over the direction of their learning
  • Children will be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they will be allowed to explore
  • Children will have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves

Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach at Seven Hills also include:
 
  • A child’s environment and context is critical to learning success.
  • The teacher, parent and child work in collaboration to strengthen learning.
  • Inquiry is essential to a child’s engagement in learning.
  • Learning and play are not mutually exclusive.
  • Learning and thinking will be made visible to children and families.

Early Childhood Values and Beliefs

THE ROLE OF THE PARENT/FAMILY:
We believe that families are their child’s first teacher and are invested in their child’s learning. We value this relationship to better understand our children, open lines of communication, and have a reciprocal exchange of information.  
 
THE ROLE OF CHILDREN:
We believe that children deserve the opportunity to experience a variety of materials to understand their world, and to express their thoughts and ideas. Their role is to be capable, curious and confident learners.
 
THE ROLE OF TEACHERS:
We believe that teachers are continually observing, learning, and collaborating alongside children. By developing relationships, teachers uncover and expand upon children’s natural curiosities. We value our opportunity to listen and reflect on children’s experiences, facilitating opportunities for them to delve into deeper thinking.
 
THE ROLE OF CURRICULA:
We believe that our program serves as the foundation for children to become lifelong learners. We value relationships as central to the learning process. We design curricula to embed key social/emotional and academic skills through language, mathematical reasoning and scientific concepts. We offer children opportunities to create meaningful learning experiences through relationships with teachers and each other. Our curriculum follows the interests of children, building upon their questions and ideas, to move learning forward.
 
THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENT:
We believe that our environment fosters creative and divergent thinking, deepening each child’s opportunity for learning. We value indoor and outdoor spaces as places for exploration that meet the developmental needs for each child.
 
THE ROLE OF DOCUMENTATION:
We believe that documentation is a visual narrative of children’s learning. It provides teachers and students an opportunity to reflect on their learning and provides families insight to their child’s experience and thinking.

DID YOU KNOW

The student-teacher ratio in both the Seven Hills Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten is 7:1.