A central principle of Reggio-inspired education is the fostering of creativity in the child. At Peregrine School, our goal is to balance critical and creative thinking. We employ an inquiry approach to academic subjects which encourages critical thinking. Our arts education maximizes opportunities for creativity, while also encouraging the types of critical thinking central to arts problem solving and art criticism.
Another central Reggio principle is to celebrate the “hundred languages of childhood” (Malaguzzi). At Peregrine School, we simplify this idea- into a focus on Howard Gardner’s* eight intelligences. Arts education is the major way in which some of these intelligences, including visual/spatial , musical/rhythmic, and bodily/kinesthetic intelligences, can be taught.