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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 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.






Another look at Theorists

For those of you who follow us on Twitter, yesterday,  you would have seen some of the children fully engaged in water play, and also read some of the words of Frederich Froebel.

Please take a little time to view the Sway below which gives a brief summary of another of our preferred theorists at Cart Mill – Reggio Emilia.

Please leave us a comment with your thoughts and let us know if you would like some further information on theorists.

Water Water Everywhere!

The children spent some time this afternoon transporting water and recording the different ways in which they could make it move. It was interesting to watch the water travel along the different slopes and then have fun splashing in the puddles it made.

Friedrich Froebel believed ” Free to determine his own actions according to the laws and demands of the play he is involved in, and through and in his play he is able to feel himself to be independent and autonomous.”

We can see this belief in action through this open-ended, self -directed water play that the children were engaged in – a joy to watch!


Outdoors was so lovely today, the children enjoyed playing in the sun. It was cold but lovely and bright and we are starting to feel like Spring may be coming soon.

The children were learning to identify numbers and used their fingers to draw numbers in the sand.

There was also a measuring experience taking place as some of the children used the blocks to measure how tall they were. The children used mathematical language to talk about height and measurements.

World Book Week

The boys and girls have been acting out the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. The children have been talking about the three bowls, the three spoons, the three chairs and the three beds. The children compared difference in size and talked about the three bears and how the daddy bear would be huge and baby bear would be really small.

Abigail really enjoyed being the Goldilocks character and she was confident to retell the story to her peers.

“This one is too hot and this one is too lumpy”

“This one is perfect”

Forest School

Today we experienced all kinds of wintry weather, snow, hail, rain and wind in the forest. The wind was NOISY! Jacob enjoyed using a knife to whittle his stick. Gia found an interesting hole and ant hill, and Luci and Amelie enjoyed climbing again a tree again. Cameron found interesting feathers. The children enjoyed some warming hot chocolate and pancakes for snack. The picture shows them getting their own snack and cups out of their backpacks. Lots of independence at Forest School which helps to build self esteem and resilience.

Tree Houses

Kaile chose the book “What a Mess!” to be read to a small group. In the book, the bear and the mouse build a tree house. This resulted in the children deciding to build a tree house in the block area.clare provided a variety of bears for the houses.

Some children worked alone and others worked with some peers.

The children were very proud of their models, and they were keen to show them off.

The children used mathematical language to describe their treehouse…

“mine is fuller”

“ours is biggest”

Grace identified that some bears were bigger than the others. this resulted in the children lying the bears in a row in order of size.