Reggio Emilia curriculum recommended for all ages!
Usually, most people associate the Reggio Emilia Curriculum and method of learning with only preschoolers and toddlers. Guess what? I, an experienced teacher, have found it successful even with my undergraduate students, albeit somewhat modified. I am not about use puppetry to tutor adults with a history lesson, but I will use other methods, such as giving them broad avenues to discover on their own. This could be with film, art, and music. The driving factor is to get a student to engage in a subject through a medium of their own choosing.
As an example, I remember tutoring a 5th grade student who was interested in fishing, but not interested in reading. In fact, he said he hated to read. I asked him about his hobbies and found out that he really liked to fish. I asked if he read any fishing magazines, and in fact he did. He went on to tell me that he read his dad’s fishing magazines. Reading to him was more or less enjoying the pictures and struggling to read some of the articles, but most of them he found boring after a couple of paragraphs. We went online and I realized that he needed a fishing magazine geared for kids, rather than adults. I suggested this, and he said he didn’t think there were fishing magazines for kids his age. So, I suggested that he do a search, and sure enough he found quite a few. He became overjoyed and started to click and explore the magazine, which happened to be
The next time we met, I had some more resources for my student, which also conforms to the required reading and subject matter taught in fifth grade. I introduced him to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Children’s Classics), which is recommended reading for fifth graders and also covers the Social Studies curriculum of the pre-Civil War era. By the way, for kids who are chained to their smart phones – it also comes in a downloadable Kindle edition, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Further, listening to audio books is also a good option for children – especially for those stubborn readers, as well as those who are having trouble reading out loud or just don’t seem interested in reading. For these children, I recommend audio books.