100 Languages Of Children

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages,
a hundred hands,
a hundred thoughts,
a hundred ways of thinking,
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred, always a hundred
ways of listening,
of marvelling, of loving,
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding.
a hundred worlds
to discover,
a hundred worlds
to invent,
a hundred worlds
to dream.

The child has a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
love and marvelling
only at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety nine.
They tell the child
that work and play
reality and fantasy,
science and imagination,
sky and earth,
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child
that the hundred is not there.
The child says:
No way
The Hundred is there.

Loris Malaguzzi
Co - founder of the Reggio Approach