The Reggio Emelia Approach
The hundred languages is a metaphor for the extraordinary potentials of children, their knowledge building and creative processes. Children tell us about their understandings of the world in many ways (with their hundred languages). There are many different ways to communicate, to learn and to know. We believe children have the right to express their ideas, theories, thoughts, feelings, frustrations, discoveries, creativity, understanding and knowledge through many languages. Educators offer rich opportunities for children to make meaning of their world and express themselves through artistic expression such as paint, clay, drama, fabric, dance, sculpture, storytelling, construction, loose parts, and many more...it is giving value and dignity to all the different forms of learning children possess...verbal and non-verbal.
The "Hundred Languages of Children" is captured in a poem written by Loris Malaguzzi, considered by many to be the father of Reggio Emilia Approach.