On Display: No way. The hundred is there.

This poem written by Loris Malaguzzi from Reggio Emilia, Italy, continues to inspire me each and every time that I read it.  I have it posted in my classroom and in my office to help remind me of all the possibilities that our students are so capable and deserving of:

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 at Easter and at 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 (translated by Lella Gandini)
Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Hope that you enjoyed this!  I will be back on my social media Monday, March 18th, 2013.  

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  1. I just recently stumbled upon your site and I am so inspired by it. I work in a Kindergarten inside of a childcare and the company I work for is recently all about bringing the natural into the environment for the children to explore and be creative with. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and inviting room!
    Debbie Pickerd

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