International, national and local exhibitions provide the opportunity to view the thoughts, ideas and work of children. Parents, educators and the wider community are able to discuss the documentation of projects and reflect upon the thinking and ideas of children.
The Hundred Languages of Children exhibition tells the story of an educational adventure where the experiences, thoughts, discussion, theoretical research, ethical and social ideals of many generations of children, teachers and parents from Reggio Emilia. It is an unfinished story, offering the opportunity for wider reflection and the comparison of ideas. The story unfolds through the representations of projects carried out on a variety of topics.
The exhibition has had more that twenty years of touring, involving five editions of the European version, and the duplication of the exhibit in 1987 for a North American version. The first showing in the Southern Hemisphere was in Australia in 1994. The current English language version was produced specifically for the 2001 tour to Hong King, Melbourne and Perth. Since then, this exhibition has travelled to India, Malaysia, Korea and U.K.
The Hundred Language of Children Exhibition
Thanks to a generous grant from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Hundred Languages of Children Exhibition was displayed in Ballarat, Victoria during September.
A beautiful and intriguing display of children's theories illustrated through photographs, words, paintings, drawings and sculptures. A visual testament to children's potential as scientists, inventors, authors and artists and an opportunity to learn about the extraordinary research conducted by teachers and children in Reggio Emilia.
The exhibition was opened by Geoff Howard, a State Government representative and David Wright (Manager of Membership and Services, REAIE) and Samantha McIntosh (local councillor) both spoke of the significance of the exhibition in Ballarat.
David Wright speaks at the Exhibition Opening.
The exhibition was very well attended by Ballarat locals, those in the surrounding towns and interested educators, parents and community members from right across Australia. The interest in this exhibition and the professional learning program attached to it demonstrates the depth of thinking and committment to respect people in Australia hope for in the education of our children. Below are some reflections and photos that were shared with us from some of those who attended.
Emily, Bella, Lachlan and Nathan study the lion drawings in the exhibition. Drawings done by visiting children.
We were copying the pictures off the wall. They looked good. I like the mane on the lion. Nathan (Permission to share with you the children's words and photos was granted by the children and their parents).
Some reflections on the Professional Learning opportunities held in conjunction with the exhibition:
It refreshed my thoughts of the image of the child and how blessed I am to be in this profession.
I am amazed and so empowered and inspired to see such dedication to children’s learning.
It made me remember the importance of time, of living in the moment.
It illustrated the importance of slowing down. Pondering the child’s right to risky play – in our yard and walking around the school.
With each experience I provide I will endeavour to ask myself questions about it.
Always more questions!! How can I keep sharing my interest with other teachers at my school? How can I incorporate my passion for ‘Reggio’ in a very mainstream school?
I need to remind myself about my role as a researcher.