All posts by Lorraine Glendinning

A wee bit of theory…

Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994) was the pedagogical leader of the Reggio Emilia early years philosophy. He believed passionately that all children are competent and capable thinkers and learners as well as creative communicators and conversationalists.

Malaguzzi wrote ‘The One Hundred Languages of Children’ in recognition of the multitude of ways in which they can express their ideas, thoughts, feelings or frustrations.

Take time to think about the poem and have conversations with others about it. The possibilities for the ‘languages’ are endless – dancing, dreaming, playing, questioning, singing, reasoning, imagining, listening, laughing, crying, loving, hating, painting, sculpting, exploring, experimenting.

THE ONE HUNDRED LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN

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 marvelling 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 more) but they steal ninety-nine.

The schools 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Developing Friendships

 

 

A very important part of early learning and child care is about getting to know each other and share space together. In planning the learning environment as practitioners, we consider this and we ensure there are quiet spaces for chatting and reflection, as well as larger group interactive experiences on offer. Children begin to develop and form relationships with each other and with familiar adults.  It is lovely to see friendships begin and grow, and having these connections with other children helps build a child’s confidence and self esteem.

 

 

 

 

 

What a Week! Phew!

It has been a very busy week here in our centre. A week of mixed emotions too, as we said a final” Farewell ” to the children who will no longer be attending our centre as they are off to continue their learning journey in primary school.

We also said “Hello and Welcome” to some new children who will be joining us for our summer holiday provision. We look forward to having new friends to share our experiences with over the summer.

The weather has to have a mention as it has been very hot indeed. Whilst the children are still enjoying the weather, we are very mindful of our Safe in the Sun policy and are regularly re applying lotions and creams, encouraging the children to drink plenty of water, and making use of the shaded areas in the outdoors.