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NMSU Myrna's Children's Village to host Wonder of Learning Study Tour

The New Mexico State University School for Young Children will host the Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning Study Tour starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. The school is located at the NMSU Myrna's Children's Village.

The tour will include classroom visits and teacher presentations at NMSU and at the New Mexico School for the Deaf preschool program at Mesilla Elementary. Families, early childhood educators and policymakers will have the opportunity to visit early childhood classrooms that utilize the Reggio Emilia approach. The event will conclude at O'Donnell Hall with a 5 p.m. reception and presentations from Juliette Staveley and Mary Bliss from the New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative.

"We are honored to be selected as a site for the Wonder of Learning Study Tour," said Sara Melendrez, program manager. "This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the Reggio Emilia philosophy that we use daily."

The Reggio Emilia philosophy was developed at infant and toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. After World War II, a young teacher, Loris Malaguzzi, worked with parents and citizens in the region to provide schools for young children. Malaguzzi is the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach.

The philosophy is a complex system that implements well-known early childhood education theories based on the work of John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and many more. The system is based on collaboration among children, teachers and parents; co-construction of knowledge; interdependence of individual and social learning; and the role of culture in understanding interdependence.

This event is part of a statewide tour to preview the arrival in June of The Wonder of Learning: One Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sara Melendrez at ssmiller@nmsu.edu.