Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Launching the 100 Languages - Begining Investigative Research Work

To kick start the first and second graders’ investigative research projects this year, our atelerista Anna Golden came in and read the 100 Languages of Children poem by Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia approach.  It got the children thinking about what their hundred languages are, how they use them, and how culture tries to convince them that there is only one language that is valid.  


What do you think this poem is about?

I think of feelings.
The teacher is deciding for the kid.
It’s about a child’s reality and what they can do.
It’s like counting.  You have to think of a number between two and four and you can’t use your fingers to count. 

Over the next two weeks, the children began developing their responses to the poem, using a variety of languages.

Several groups began to formulate their ideas artistically, using their language of choice.  

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