• Betsy McKenna

Time and Close Attention: Reflections on Reggio Emilia’s 100 Languages of Children

(Excerpt from Art Workshop - Essay by Betsy McKenna)


"The late founder of the Reggio Emilia approach, Loris Malaguzzi, revolutionized the image of  the young child. He spoke about the 100 languages of children and the image of the child being capable, competent and full of potential. 


Every child is capable. Every child is competent. This I believe. As adults, it is our responsibility to help our child gain a better understanding of who they are in relation to their surroundings. We must help draw attention to and place value on the unique way in which each child views its ever-changing world. In schools we place emphasis the spoken and written language to express our ideas, yet we must not limit the child to these two forms of expression. We must provide additional experiences that inspire to the child to communicate their thoughts and ideas through their 98 other languages. ”


Orignal post date: November 21, 2016