Reggio Children is dedicating all October’s webinars to the 100 languages, the myriad potentials of children (and all human beings) for encountering the world, elaborating their own personal representations and theories, and communicating.
In this month’s webinars we will be examining some of these “doors”, through which every child – each with their own ways of knowing – enters into contact with the world .
To start off our 100 languages month we're offering a free webinar to everyone in the Reggio Emilia Approach Digital Community.
Monday 12 October, 4.30 pm (CEST - Rome time)
THE 100 LANGUAGES
Opening multiple doors to knowledge
Claudia Giudici, President of Reggio Children
Isabella Meninno, atelierista -Preschool and Infant toddler Centres - Istituzione of Municipality of Reggio Emilia
Introductory webinar in the series The Hundred Languages of children – The culture of the atelier
The idea that from birth all human beings are endowed with a 100 languages is a powerful concept and carries several implications.
The first is that each child has different ways of entering into contact with the world, exploring it, and knowing it.
The second implication is a loss of dominance on the part of words. All languages have equal dignity, and as Loris Malaguzzi said, all languages are “ways of being and acting, generators of complex imagery and vocabularies, of symbol and of metaphor, organisers of practical and formal logics, promoters of personal and creative styles”.
A third implication is that although the 100 languages are biologically endowed, in order for their creative, conceptual, and expressive potentials to fully develop, they require experience.
Therefore, every child has the right to use all the languages in encountering the world, elaborating their own personal representations and theories, and communicating.
This means our infant-toddler centres and preschools must value the expressivity of all languages, verbal and non-verbal, with equal dignity, together with their communicative and developmental possibilities, and offer daily learning contexts in which every language can develop, reach greater potential, and interact with other languages, without hierarchies or interruptions of flow, so acquiring original and unexpected forms.
In this webinar, starting from reflection on work matured in Reggio Emilia, we would like to offer an organic frame for the more specific investigations in the webinars to follow.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
> If you’re not already registered, join the Reggio Emilia Approach Digital Community now.
> An hour before the webinar starts, everyone registered in the Community will receive an email with a link to participate via Zoom.
> Digital Community members will also receive a link allowing them to access a recording of the webinar in the days following the event