Reggio-inspired preschools

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Reggio-inspired preschools

What is a Reggio inspired school? Reggio schools are inspired from the Reggio Emilio town in Italy. There are innovative schools there that have a very dynamic and innovative approach to education that is based on social constructivism. When we take the philosophy and bring it over to the United States, we call it "Reggio inspired." We are implementing things that they do over in Italy into our country. Social constructivism is children learning from their own inherent knowledge and how -- the environment is the third teacher in a Reggio school. Then environment helps the children learn and build upon theories and construct their own knowledge.

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Sara Schuelein Perets

Preschool Director

Sara Schuelein Perets is the founder and director of The Sunshine Shack preschool and the co-founder of Super Duper Arts Camp which is a summer camp and after school enrichment program designed for ages four to 14. Sara also teaches seminars and workshops to educators on process based art and exploration and is a parent educator. 

Sara’s original background was in art and classical texts and her first teaching assignment was teaching Shakespeare in Middle Schools. This experience inspired her to further her education in teaching where she found her true calling in early childhood.  She became fascinated by observing how young children could learn and develop from interacting with their environments. She has been working in the early childhood field for 15 years. Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the importance for quality in the early childhood field.

Sara’s approach to working with young children is one of respect and empathy while seeing each child for their individual needs.  Her workshops on child-led, process-based art reflects the child’s ideas and views of their world. Her seminars for parents are focused on the importance of how language can reflect who they are and how they see themselves. She believes our language and communication are powerful tools to help children gain critical thinking skills. 

Sara lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

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