The Hundred Languages of Childhood: A poem by Loris Malaguzzi


The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
A hundred languages
A hundred hands
A hundred thoughts
A hundred ways of thinking
Of playing, of speaking.
A hundred always a hundred
Ways of listening of marveling of loving
A hundred joys
For singing and understanding
A hundred worlds
To discover
A hundred worlds
To invent
A hundred worlds
To dream
The child has
A hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more)
But they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
Separate the head from the body.
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Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994) was the inspiration behind the educational experiences in Reggio Emilia. To learn more about Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio Emilia philosophy, read his book The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation
Educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, use a distinctive innovative approach that supports children's well-being and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation. From birth through age six, young children are encouraged to explore their environment and express their understanding through many modes of expression or "languages," including verbal communication, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. This organic strategy has been shown to be highly effective, as the children in Reggio Emilia display surprising examples of symbolic skill and creativity.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have heard of this before but thanks for reminding


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