Fresh eyes

by Cheri Lindsley

A compelling component of Reggio philosophy is the "image of the child."  How we see children impacts how we are with children.  In contrast to many common perspectives of young children, the educators of Reggio encourage us to see children as competent, capable, strong, rich and powerful.  Yes.  Young children. 

Consider that children are capable of great discovery and learning, increasing in competence as they learn empathy and perspective-taking skills.  Young children are strong as they learn to be resilient, rich in ideas and creative energy, powerful in learning to understand their emotions and impact upon their world. 

We strive to work with children in a manner that respects who they are, not just who they are becoming.  We want fresh eyes to see children as they really are.