Regio Emilia Approach - The Hundred Languages of Children

The Hundred 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 1920 - 1994