“A community of women and men demonstrates its own civility and maturity…by knowing how to listen to, be responsive to, and share in the culture of childhood respectfully and joyfully. The culture of childhood is courageous, optimistic, and cheerful; it embodies endless amazements and enchantments, protracted time frames, and fearless theoretical and concrete explorations…All these characteristics enrich the entire community.”
Reggio-inspired educators understand that there are “a hundred languages” through which people learn and express their knowledge and emotions. Speaking, painting, drawing, building, sculpting, acting, singing, moving, dancing, writing, inventing and playing music are only a few of the many “languages” we make available to children (and adults). The learning environment provides a wealth of materials and invites a multitude of responses. Educators value the variety of ways children respond to the world around them. They see children as possessing multiple intelligences and competencies, and they invite them to share all their ways of knowing.