The 100 Languages are a metaphor for the extraordinary potentials of children.

The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasizes hands-on discovery learning that allows the child to use all their senses and all their languages to learn.

We believe that children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity.

These visual languages, or ways of learning, are used in the construction of thoughts and feelings and are a natural part of the child.

We thus offer daily opportunities to encounter multiple avenues for thinking, developing and expressing their ideas and feelings

Through the use of painting, sculpting, music, science, dancing, construction, storytelling, theater and other forms of self-expression, children are taught to give voice to their thoughts and ideas, as well as to share their newfound discoveries and understandings.

The Hundred Languages

No way. The hundred is there.

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 marveling, 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

to love and to marvel

only by the holidays.

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

Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach