I first posted The 100 Languages of Children as part of my emergent curriculum series in August 2009. In the context of early education, I believe it is a powerful poem. I was recently reminded of it’s awesomeness via this visual representation, The Hundred Languages Illuminated Poem by Sarah McRoberts (found via Facebook thanks to Jeanne of Zella Said Purple).
*Alternatively, you can read the text of the poem in my original post, The Hundred Languages of Children.
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As we stand on the precipice of Immy’s first steps into formal schooling, this poem is made even more poignant in my mind. Especially given her preference for everything creative and imaginative.
What are your thoughts? Does the mainstream school system inhibit the child’s capacity for imagination, original thought, invention, dreaming? Are our schools and teachers resourced sufficiently to cope with the hundred individual learning languages of our children? How can we support our schools to support our children to develop as well rounded, intelligent and creative thinking individuals?
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