One of the key principles of the Reggio Emilia approach is the belief and use of 100 hundred languages. Like you may guess, the principle refers to communication. However, the emphasis is in o ffering children one hundred ways to share their thinking. Children learn in different ways and the one hundred languages offer different means for learning and expression (e.g. talking, writing, drawing, painting, wire sculpture, clay modeling, dancing, acting, representing with recyclable, manmade materials or natural materials).
Teachers at this school are inspired to find new ways for children to express themselves, ways that suit each learner and context for learning. Currently children and teachers are busy introducing these languages to children. The Studio and individual classroom mini-studios are the places where these materials are shared, offering experiences to practice their techniques so that when children are provoked to express thinking with these materials, the technique is a support rather than a hindrance.
Last week children in Discovery D continued to use natural materials to explore design elements like line, balance, value and texture. Our Studio Coordinator, Ms. Kay, took these experiences with natural materials and introduced the language of paint. Below you will see examples of children’s work, an exercise in observational drawing and color theory with watercolor paint. Such an exercise helps children prepare for future work within their collaborative long-term projects. And of course, the beauty in the work is worthy of admiration for these Discovery D children.