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Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy 


“… things about children and for children are only learned from children. We knew how this was true and at the same time not true. But we needed that assertion and guiding principle..”

-Loris Malaguzzi,

founder, early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia


Petunia preschool is inspired by the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia. We provide a fun environment where children can learn through their play. Teachers support this process by observing and listening to the children closely. We become a resource for them. By asking questions, we discover the children’s ideas, hypotheses and theories. Our curriculum is inspired by the children. As teachers we plan ahead and lay out general educational objectives, but the learning takes place through the continual research that happens with the children.


The metaphor “catching the ball that the children throw us” is a favorite in the schools of Reggio Emilia. When the children throw us a ball, the teacher tries to keep the game going. How are we going to throw the ball back? This is how a project emerges, and the learning continues…


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