The Constructivist Approach is robustly practiced in Reggio, Italy where it was developed by Loris Malaguzzi. The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy.
The Reggio approach believes that children, teachers and parents are partners in learning, and that children have the right and the ability to construct their own learning with the support and participation of teachers and parents. At the basis of this process is the pedagogy of relationships and listening.
Educators in Reggio believe that children have the right and the ability to express their thinking, theories, ideas, learning and emotions in many ways. Therefore, Reggio educators provide children with a wide range of materials and media, and welcome a diversity of experiences, so that children encounter many avenues for thinking, revising, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings. In this way, teachers, parents and children can better understand each other. These languages can include drawing, paint, clay, wire, natural and recycled materials, light and shadow, dramatic play, music and dance.