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Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education Paperback – June 10, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1567503111 ISBN-10: 156750311X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science; 2 edition (June 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156750311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567503111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Advanced Reflections" contributes valuable new perspectives to our ongoing dialogue about the Reggio Emilia experience." -

Early Childhood Research Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Reflects the growing interest and deepening reflection upon the Reggio approach, as well as increasing sophistication in adaptation to the American context

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I'm really enjoying the book.
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For educators and parents truly interested in school reform, this book is a must read.
T. Reynolds
It tells the story of the early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was assigned to me to read by a masters program professor. Before reading the book, we were prompted by stories of the Reggio Emilia Approach. It sounds phenomenal! The professor liked it so much, his own children took part in the school here in the United States.
The approach itself is an amazing idea for educators. This early childhood program encourages hands-on learning. The teachings behind the children exploring through "languages" or modes of exploration. These languages include drawing, painting, sculpture, physical play, words, and music. It is an approach far from that of traditional schooling. However, it is known for it's amazing results. It binds together the world of teaching, children, and parents exceptionally well.
While the book supports a wonderful approach to schooling, the book itself is one that does not hold the reader's attention. I found myself rereading paragraphs because I was unable to pay attention to the words. The book is a dialog between educators and philosophers from Italy and the United States. While some of the questions posed are thought provoking and interesting, the reader is left bored after pages upon pages of questions.
If you are interested in early childhood development, this book is definitely one that you should read for ideas. However, if you are looking for a light and easy read this book is not for you. This book deserves careful attention, that only the truly patient and interested can give it.
I am glad I was asked to read it because of it's enlightening approach to child development. As an educator, I will take away with me the approach's distinct style of exploration to adapt to my classroom and even think of sending my children there someday. I just wish I would have been able to pay closer attention to it and fight my urge to put the book down.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By pickusp on April 19, 2001
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The Hundred Languages of Children presents a fascinating and comprehensive overview of the remarkable schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. It can also serves as an example of what learning can be like for children when it is focused on their interests and needs. One of the essays, an interview with founder Loris Malaguzzi, offers insight into the history, ideas and philosophy behind the approach. Discussing the environment of the RE schools, Malaguzzi states, "Our objective, which we always will pursue, is to create an amiable environment, where children, families and teachers feel at ease." This comment provides a stark contrast to the lip service many American schools pay to families and teachers. It signifies a deep abiding respect for the developmental nature of children and for childhood itself. Comparing the curriculum of the RE schools to American schools and early childhood programs also reveals fundamental differences. Two things are notable as the curriculum of the RE schools is described: the development of the curriculum project grows out of the teachers' observations of students, "The teachers took note, valuing the interest in dinosaurs as an opportunity to learn more about the children." Another important difference is the role reciprocity plays in curriculum building in RE. "... the teachers decided to begin a journey together with the children and study dinosaurs in depth." "...learn more about children" and "journey together" aren't phrases common to American education. Small phrases that reflect a world of difference. This excellent book offers inspiration to educators starved for a more creative and just approach to teaching and learning. To paraphrase an essay title from the book, what we can learn from Reggio Emilia is how to value the learning experiences of our children.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Reynolds on April 18, 2003
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For educators and parents truly interested in school reform, this book is a must read. Educators in the United States have been captivated by the "Reggio Emilia approach" to education since the late 1980s. The extensive documentation of Reggio children's work has toured the world as The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit. This book will allow anyone to see what is truly possible in early education if we are willing to let go of our long-held beliefs about how children learn. The Reggio Emilia approach is much more than "hands-on learning." It is a community effort that involves administrators, teachers, parents, children, and government. Although not a light read, the book is a fascinating dialog among the varied members of the Reggio Emilia community and American researchers and teachers.
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This book is a must for anyone interested in the Reggio Emilia approach. I have had an opportunity recently to visit Reggio Emilia and study at the Loris Malaguzzi centre. This book expresses the sentiments and understandings of Loris Malaguzzi who has cultivated this highly intellectual yet natual approach to guiding and supporting children as they learn about themselves and the place where they live and are part of. The culture, history and food of this little town can not be separated from the educational approach developed here after the war. This book expresses the dialogue of those involved with Reggio children, firstly Loris Malaguzzi as well as other world renown speakers and educators such as Howard Gardner, Lella Gandini, Carolyn Edwards, George Forman, Lillian Katz, Vea Vecchi and Rebecca New.The role of the Pedagogista is explained and supported in depth. I highly recommend this book above all other resources when exploring the Reggio Emilia approach.
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