‘The One Hundred Languages of Children’ – what does the poem by Loris Malaguzzi mean for the arts, creativity and early education?

Date: 12 February

Time: 1.30-3.00pm

Platform: Zoom

Cost: Free

Loris Malaguzzi wrote the poem, The One Hundred Languages of Children representing the pedagogy, principles and values of the Reggio Emilia Approach which has inspired Moonbeams. The poem refers to the ‘hundred languages of children’ interpreted across areas such as photography, dance, music, digital arts, clay, but also includes mathematics, sciences, cooking and food.

Malaguzzi explains these ‘languages’ as not sitting as separated or isolated modes of expression but offering potential to elaborate and construct knowledge in many combinations with other areas of learning and thinking-languages. Also it speaks of play and its relations to fantasy and reality, science and imagination, reason and dream among other parings that challenge us to consider as not opposites, but as relational and interdependent to each other.

To celebrate Malaguzzi’s 100th’s birthday last year let’s explore together how this poem resonates with your ideas, pedagogy and practice:

  • How does the idea of The 100 Languages link to or inspire your arts/education practice?
  • What do you think are the main challenges that The 100 Languages presents for artists/educators working in the early years?

20 places available on a first-come-first-served-basis, please do read the poem in advance.

This event is free to all but you will need to book your place here.