Working toward Finding Out
"No way. The hundred is there." is the final sentence of the poem "The Hundred Languages of Children" by Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia approach. It condenses the purpose of us what we have a hundred ways of being, of loving, of thinking, and of expressing.
Stemming from children's hundred languages, we fill our days with movement, by creating things, in talking with one another and with adults, by smelling new scents, and tasting new flavors, and listening to beautiful and surprising sounds.
These languages are symbolic and include drawing, sculpting, dramatic play, writing, and painting, etc. They represent our thinking and theories around or an encounter with a learning experience.
Poet and painter John Cleal: We must teach our children to smell the earth, taste the rain, touch the wind, see things grow, hear the sun rise and night fall - to care".
We think the way birds communicate to one another sounds like melodious tunes. Therefore, we belt our singing voices as another way of an invitation to the birdies to visit the bird nest we have woven together.
In line with our practice of giving another purpose to recycled materials, we add natural materials to our 'bird houses'. We consider natural materials with various scents such as sweet scent of cinnamon sticks and fresh scent from evergreen leaves.
Thinking of the many ways for the birdies, including our reflections over the cookies we've prepared last time and they ended--up inside our tummies, we rethink on another possibility this time round.
The excitement of our discovery throughout our authentic learning experience is apparent. It sparks a ripple of joy when we find out how our cookies we have scattered around our front yard are being consumed by the birdies.
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