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Reggio Children are Image builders

on Fri, 13/01/2012 - 21:34

Reggio Emilia is a small town in the North of Italy. They make great cheese (parmeggiano) and vinegar (balsamico) AND they are worldwide known for their dedication to the rights of children. To let children be individuals, with an extraordinary wealth of inborn abilities and potential, strength and creativity.

Education should not only be based on words (which are limited in their use) but it should create (early) learning possibilities that makes the child a builder of images.

My wisest lesson of the in depth study week at Reggio Children 2010 was the importance to slow down in the work with children. Only then you can see, feel and experience the 100 languages of the child...How do you live slow moments with your children?

(for more info about Reggio's approach > the wonder of early learning)


The hundred exists!

An illuminated Poem about the truth of Childhood!

A 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.
A child has
a hundred languages
( and a hundred, and a hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety-nine.
The schools and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child:
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
to love and to marvel
only at Easter and Cristmas.
They tell the child:
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine.
They tell the child:
that work and play
reality and fantasy
science and imagination
sky and earth
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together


Lori Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Children, international centre for the promotion and difending of the rights and potentials of children.

At the infant -toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia every child is daily followed with pictures and words captured in a diary. The pictures above describe the discovery of a watch by a little girl named Laura. They became very famous and were published in one of Reggio Children's books: "The diary of Laura" and in one of my greatest inspirationsources "the hundred languages of children".


Angelique, thank you for sharing this important perspective on how to advocate for the imagination, play, and creativity of our children. So often I witness adults 'telling' children what to "do" instead of 'listening' and supporting children as they explore through play. Thank you for your role in advocating for each child's potential and uniqueness. As adults we only benefit when we listen and immerse ourselves in the world of our children's imagination and creativity.

Dear playfriend, Thanks for leaving me a comment .  I agree 100% with you, adults can learn everything by observing kids, because then they connect to whom they truely are inside.

Love to you, Angelique

Very nice post, Angelique- I had never heard of the hundred languages of children. I am fascinated by the different approaches to early childhood education- I like the nurturing aspect of the Reggio Emilia approach!

will Reggio Emilia give to you. They look in a lovely way to children, I like it very much (as you already have noticed;))

Thnak you for stopping by, and love to you


Angelique, I really like this post and video/poem. So often, children's curiosity is killed by people trying to "teach" them something. They just need time to explore. Thanks for sharing this.

Yes Tonya, it's tru taht children should be free from structures and rules as much a possible to create in a liberate way. That is my experience.

Looking forward to a collaboration with you!!

Thanks for stopping by,



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