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What is the

Reggio Emilia approach?

Where do


come from?

Esme: Rainbows are from yackyyackoh

Frederico: The rain makes the colours

Ella: They come from the sky

Esme: The come from a cucumber. Then you eat them and have rainbows in your tummy.

They come from a space ship from outer space!

Amir: When it’s rainy and sunny the rainbow comes out

The Hundred Languages

of Children

by Loris Malaguzzi

This poem was written by an Italian educator from Reggio Emilia, Italy, and translated by LeIla Gandini, one of his colleagues. The Reggio Emilia schools have garnered much recognition and praise for their elegant approach to early education and care. Their approach draws upon research and learning theory conducted over the past century, and so rather than being an "import", this approach is an integration of all that we know about good early education and care. This poem is both a celebration of all children have to offer, while also an indictment of educational practices which they see as actually destructive to children's learning. We use many of Reggio's practices in our work, and this poem represents our thinking as well.

No way. The hundred is there.

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 at 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.

The child says: No way. The hundred is there.

The child is made 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 hundred more)

but they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

separate the head from the body.

Loris Malaguzzi

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.

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