Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

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My Journey to Early Childhood Studies

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As an educator, I have been working with children from different parts of the world for twenty four years now. Everyday, I have stories to tell about how children process their own thinking to make sense of their own world. I still continue to learn about children, through children and for the children.

Laying a solid, positive and meaningful foundation for learning starts in the early years stage. To establish this, we have to see through the children – what they see, hear, feel, and think. Loris Malaguzzi presents a powerful perspective about children’s learning in the “Hundred Languages of Childhood”.

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 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

Founder of the Reggio Approach
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Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

2 thoughts on “My Journey to Early Childhood Studies

  1. Pam, I have never heard this quote before, but it is so true that children need to learn with their senses and by doing, especially early on in their lives. Also, this past year, we have been incorporating aspects from the Reggio Emilia Approach at the center I work in. We have been arranging our classrooms and the hallways to include beautiful spaces full of natural materials.

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    • Kaitlin, are you referring to the Hundred Languages of Childhood? This is one of the main components of Reggio Emilia. This relates to the symbolic representation component of REA.

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