Environment as a third educator

“Environment should be considered as the third educator. We have to create a “complicity” with the environment in order to be able to scaffold, together, children’s learning processes” (C.Fabbi, 2004) 

The Classes are designed to support a sense of familiarity, reinforce a sense of safety, and foster exploration and discovery. Every classroom is conceptualized in a way that would allow children to shift from one space to another to work on different projects in a group.  

Our objective, which we will always pursue, is to create an amiable environment where children, families and teachers feel at ease” (Loris Malaguzzi) 

Aurora’s learning environment and architecture have been inspired by Reggio Emilia in their structure, transformed, and intertwined with Vietnamese cultural contexts and local materials with recycled from ancient pieces and natural materials. 

The piazza (entrance’s foyer): The piazza is the heart of the school organism, where children of all ages meet and play together. “The piazza, the place of encounters, friendships, games and other activities that complete those of the classrooms” (Loris Malaguzzi) 

The Atelier as a place of provocation: underscores the importance of imagination, aesthetics, and the theory of the hundred languages in the formative and knowledge building paths; is a place of experimentation and research, particularly reactive to and in dialogue with the surrounding reality and contemporary culture. At Aurora, the atelier system includes atelier of nature, atelier of light, atelier of focus, atelier of digital, atelier of sound, atelier of book. 

The Garden and Outdoor Areas are open-air spaces that the children can always access with diversified learning context setups and invitations. It is called the “classroom without a roof” with the Reggio-inspired philosophy. 

The Multisensory & On-site Kitchen and The Terrance: The nutritional education project, which draws content and communicative strategies from the kitchen, tends primarily to create a sense of well-being in children, fostering a balanced relationship between health, taste, and pleasure of being at the table together.