Want to learn more about the RIE approach to education? Read on:
What are the defining characteristics of a RIE classroom?
A RIE classroom is a “yes” space for young children, one that is specifically designed so that infants and toddlers may safely interact with it. A RIE classroom is also predictable. While being predictable, a RIE classroom is also intellectually stimulating, so will include simple objects that infants and toddlers may explore (stacking cups, bowls, balls, etc.).
What is different about how RIE teachers approach their work?
In RIE, teachers are called “educarers.” A RIE educarer is taught thoughtful observation of the infant(s) in their care to better understand their needs and development. Part of the RIE approach is involving the infant in all daily processes as an active participant, rather than a passive object to be handled - for example, you would never see a RIE educarer attempting to multitask while changing a diaper.
- RIE is a great example of infant “curriculum” -- infant care is about ensuring babies are healthy, loved, respected, and appropriately stimulated
- RIE principles can be applied in pretty much any setting
- RIE promotes sensitive observation of infants to recognize their individual needs
- A teacher can become a RIE-certified educarer