To launch our inquiry into the phenomena and paradox of light through the transdisciplinary theme, ‘How the world works’, we referred to a source from the educators of Reggio Emilia who have worked on light with young children for many years.
We posed the initial question “What is light?” to small groups of children, in a comfortable, cozy setting with a dim and warm shaded light in the corner of the piazza. The children’s responses were incredibly inspiring, knowledgeable and imaginative, helping us to frame our inquiry with many possibilities.

We are excited about accompanying the children on a fascinating path of knowledge building, and through documentation, wish to preserve the complexity of their viewpoints, where natural light and artificial light are not seen as separate but as perceptions of light itself.

“Light is the sun…moon gives light…light comes from electricity…light is fire…a fireball…light is a star…if you touch it, it’s hot…light is lamp…on the ceiling…light makes a tick, tick, sound…light doesn’t make sound…light goes through the window…and into the cave so the bears can see…light goes on and off you…light is for you to see…if you’re scared…your turn on the light in the dark…when it’s dark, the witches come…when there’s a storm, the light goes off..light is shiny…like diamond…light shines on the leaves and cherry blossoms…it’s connected…light is bright…light is blinding…light dries the laundry…light is orange…red…blue…white…black…pink…blonde…purple…”