The Exhibition is now closed. Thanks to all who visited !

January 15, 2015 to May 15, 2015

We are pleased to announce that The Wonder of Learning – The Hundred Languages of Children, an exhibit of the innovative programs for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy, has opened in New York City at The Williamsburg Northside School in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit runs from January 15, 2015 until May 15, 2015, in collaboration with Reggio Children and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA). The exhibit has been touring the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, and Mexico since 1987, and has inspired government and business leaders, educators, artists, families, and communities to recognize the extraordinary potential of children’s learning and creativity.




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Opening Night Gala Photo Gallery




The 7,000 square-foot exhibition of the work of the children and teachers in the infant-toddler and preschool programs of the municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy makes visible their learning process and the strong image of the child. Through experiencing the exhibit, viewers can deepen their understanding of children’s thinking and an approach to collaboration- and relationship-based learning. The exhibit is composed of six sections and a variety of media, including three-dimensional objects, videos, booklets, audio recordings, and children’s work.


Check out our 4th grade drummers performing at the opening night gala! We couldn’t be prouder!




Related Initiatives

A series of conferences and events associated with the exhibit will occur during its five-month stay in New York City. These events will enable educators, parents, and visitors to develop a greater understanding of how children learn through discussions and events related to various aspects of the exhibit. In addition, these professional development initiatives will promote conversations among educators and other stakeholders within classrooms, schools, and communities, with a focus on “Exploring possibilities: viewing all children as citizens, researchers and innovators of the world.” An important adjunct to the exhibit will be the Sixth NAREA Winter Conference, bringing educators from all over North America to visit schools and the exhibit on March 12-14th, 2015.


Education Impact

It is a critical moment in the United States in terms of how education is viewed, with heated debate around standards, testing and what kinds of educational programs will best serve our children. There is also increasing recognition, especially with the recent focus on the expansion of pre-K programs in New York City, of the value of early childhood learning and its influence on children’s development and future success. This exhibit has the potential to reach beyond the eight million people who reside in the New York metropolitan area, and to provide a vision of early childhood education that is deep, rigorous and relevant to all children. The hope is that this exhibit will draw government policy makers, children, international visitors, educators, and parents from all over and help them to understand the enormous potential of early learning experiences, as well as the powerful and lasting impact of effective early childhood and elementary education programs.


Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy

The Reggio Emilia approach, while having its own history and character, has been deeply informed by the thinking of theorists such as John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, David Hawkins, Jerome Bruner and Howard Gardner. It is grounded in the image of the child as having extraordinary potential for learning and change, and in the school as a site of interactions and relationships where each individual is respected and valued as part of a community. Ideas are shared between children and teachers and explored through the many languages of learning. Children are part of the organization of the daily life of the classroom, where the curriculum emerges from the children’s interests and investigations, and is co-constructed together with teachers and parents. All three are protagonists in the learning process.


History of the Exhibit

In 1991, Newsweek hailed the preschools and infant-toddler centers of the municipality of Reggio Emilia as among the best in the world. International acclaim and interest followed and “The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibit was created to inform the world about the work of the children and teachers of Reggio Emilia. The exhibit has traveled to 31 countries, including 40 cities in the United States. In its first iteration, the exhibit visited White Plains, Syracuse, and New York City, but it has not been back to New York since 1992. In each host city, the exhibit has influenced early childhood education and the local communities in positive ways. Visitors have called the exhibit “phenomenal,” “groundbreaking,” full of “fresh ideas,” and “a one-of-a-kind early childhood exhibit.”

Psychologist and educational theorist Jerome Bruner, a strong supporter of the Reggio Emilia approach, writes in relation to this exhibit: “We are entering upon revolutionary times with emphasis upon depth of knowledge rather than just upon its extent. We are discovering that thoughtful learning promotes not only human competence, but also creative dignity. The wonders of learning, we now know, are many indeed!”


Exhibit Committee

New York City Encounters with Reggio Emilia (NYCERE), a group of individuals from over 25 nursery schools, public elementary schools, and colleges in the New York City area, have been meeting to organize both the exhibit and professional development initiatives in New York City in 2015. The exhibit is hosted by Teaching Beyond the Square, an educational non-profit committed to working with teachers in the US and abroad to foster a greater understanding of the Reggio Emilia philosophy as well as other educational approaches, NYCERE, and Beginnings Nursery School.

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