“The best days end in dirty clothes,” goes the old adage. At Little Reds at Roland Park Country School, a coed early education program for children 6 weeks through 5 years, every day is truly the best as preschoolers are encouraged to explore, wonder, deduce and observe through hands-on experiences both in and beyond their classrooms.
Little Reds at Roland Park Country School embraces the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which originated in a small Italian city of the same name and has been garnering worldwide attention for its compelling approach to early childhood education. Little Reds emphasizes rich and deep learning through stimulating experiences. Children are capable and motivated learners who bring with them an innate curiosity about the world. Little Reds expert educators carefully consider and discuss each child’s interests to intentionally guide experiential learning.
“Throughout her years in Little Reds, I saw an authentic love of learning develop in my daughter,” said the mother of Kaylee, 5, who first joined when she was just 10 weeks old and is now in the Lower School at Roland Park Country School. “Her curiosities were consistently turned into learning opportunities with the support of her teachers, guiding her through creative and collaborative experiences.”
Relationship building and teaching empathy and compassion are also key components of the Reggio-Emilia inspired approach at Little Reds. Children have the ability to express, explore and connect their thoughts, senses, feelings, and imaginings in infinite ways that are noticed and nurtured.
“My child’s teacher notices what she is drawn to and intentionally and thoughtfully designs activities and projects that fuel her curiosities and strengthen her interests,” said the mother of Beatrice, 2. “My daughter wakes up each morning excited to go to school and learn, and as a parent, that is the best feeling in the world.”
Littlest Reds, the infant and toddler program under the Little Reds umbrella, has recently moved into an entirely new space, with intentionally designed and light-filled classrooms and a carefully planned playground that is treated as an extension of the classroom. Children use the outdoor space to climb, jump and run, and also to read, write, learn, explore and create art. Students go outside in all kinds of weather to explore the seasons and create lifelong connections with the natural world.
By using the world around them as a classroom and combining learning and play, Little Reds at Roland Park Country School promotes inquiry, discovery, literacy and numeracy so that RPCS Little Reds students are prepared for kindergarten and beyond.
“I watched my daughter become a confident member of the school community prepared for the transition to the Lower School,” said Kaylee’s mom. “We can see that she finds joy in her days at RPCS and has pride in being a RED!”
Learn more about Little Reds at Roland Park Country School at their free monthly playdates for families with children ages 6 weeks to 2 years old, or at their upcoming Realize Reggio event on Saturday, November 16 for families with children ages 2 to 4 years old.
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Abbey Pulcinella at Roland Park Country School and is sponsored by Little Reds.