Last updated Spring 2018.
The preschools of the Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy inspire us with their pedagogy and practice in giving children rich encounters with culture and creativity. This page provides a selection of links for you to find out more.
- The Reggio Emilia approach
- The one hundred languages of children Nursery World article
- Reggio children website
- Loris Malaguzzi international centre
- Watch The Hundred Languages of Children by School Improvement Liverpool
- The Sightlines initiative (the UK reference organisation for Reggio Emilia’s preschools)
- TED talk by Lottie Child called What would you change about school gives more information about the schools in Reggio Emilia and the philosophy and international initiative for developing “schools of learning”
- Reggio Emilia Community Playthings’ blog
The one hundred languages of children
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 marvelling 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 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 Christmas.
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.
And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there.Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994)
The child says: No way. The hundred is there.