The Reggio Early Childhood Approach, developed in a town in Northern Italy, espouses that children have “A Hundred Languages” to “speak”. An essential component of this philosophy assigns the role of “second teacher” to the environment. This suggests that aesthetic beauty and the feelings of “home”, order, and creativity can positively guide children in their experiences and interactions just as a teacher can do.
With such interesting and exciting experiences emerging in an active learning center, the Reggio philosophy also places importance on photographing children in their activities and transcribing their remarks. These photographs and transcriptions are then combined with representations created in the children’s learning and thinking processes. All are then arranged to document the work and process of learning done in the center. In this way, parents, family, friends and guests can “experience” what has taken place in the activities and explorations of the children through the documentation.