The Little School today is the result of an evolution that began with a mission to integrate components of the Reggio Emilia approach into our school. Reading and observing this approach deepened our understanding of children, and propelled our thoughts in many different directions.

It is a constantly evolving process that is filled with discovery of new ideas, discussion and discourse, reading and research, and an approach that values openness and learning, with shared goals of growth for both teachers and children.

Five Big Ideas

The links here are introductions of the ideas that influence how we interact with the children on a daily basis. These Five Big Ideas carry with them many of the same concepts – among them community, growth, choice, beauty, understanding, and intent. They share these concepts while also expanding perspectives in other areas. While each idea could stand alone, together, they grow and combine to create a broad framework for who we are as a school.