The Hundred Languages of children

The child has a hundred languages,

a hundred hands a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.

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 till the child to discover

the world already there

and of the hundred they steal ninety-nine.

And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there.

The child says: No way. The hundred is there.

Loris Malaguzzi
Principal Founder,Reggio approach