Loris Malaguzzi, an Italian early childhood specialist from Reggio Emilia wrote a poem about the many languages of childhood, called The Hundred Languages of Children. This poem has influenced early childhood practitioners all over the world and has encouraged teachers of young children to listen carefully to children’s many languages. Click on the video clip below to listen to the poem.
The Hundred Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi:
We are currently working on a unit of inquiry into How We Express Ourselves. The central idea is that people use many different languages to communicate. Through mother tongue reading and through our current exploration for @KinderPals into different writing systems in English and Japanese, the children are becoming increasingly aware of the different spoken and written languages people use. We have also looked at the language of mathematics and have used numbers and mathematical symbols to tell simple stories. In music the children have been exploring the language of music including different forms of notation.
Over the last few weeks we have been using YouTube to look at some non-verbal languages of self expression. Here are a few of the children’s favourite clips:
Recently many of the children have shown an interest in puppetry. We looked at these YouTube clips of shadow puppets.
We set up a shadow puppet area in the classroom using a projector and a screen. The children have been engaged in individual and group inquiries into which materials and designs work best for shadow puppets.
What languages do you use to express your ideas and feelings?