Suitable adaptation of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy
Suitable aspects of the Reggio Emilia philosophy has been adapted by Kids Cottage where the child is viewed as an individual member of a team who can:
- offer solutions
- work alone or with others, and
- can experience their environment without being measured
The Hundred Languages of Childhood
The hundred is there.
The child is made of one hundred.
of marveling of loving
“No way – the hundred is there”
What are the hundred languages of Children?
Symbolic languages, including drawing, sculpting, dramatic play, writing, painting are used to represent children’s thinking processes and theories. As children work through problems and ideas they are encouraged to depict their understanding using many different representations. As their thinking evolves they are encouraged to revisit their representation to determine if they are representative of their intent or if they require modification. Teachers and children work together towards an expressed intent.
See the child as an effective communicator by being an effective listener.
How can we listen to children if they do not talk in a language we can understand? As Bruner (1978) states “The child communicates before he (she) has language”. It is important to remember that talking is only one of the languages; children have a hundred languages and then a hundred more (Edwards, Gandini & Forman, 1998). Educators who are attuned to children will be able to see them as effective communicators, understand what their interests are and what it is that interests them. By finding different ways to listen to what children are communicating we create opportunities to make their ideas visible and create learning opportunities. Through this process educators can also further enhance their relationships with children. As Rinaldi reminds us “listening and being listened to is one of the primary tasks of documentation” (Rinaldi in Fleet, Patterson, & Robertson, 2006, p. 17).