From birth, children use many languages -- such as art, music, play, drama and literacy -- to learn about and make meaning of the world. Children's way of relating to the world directly corresponds to their unique way of knowing the world -- a perspective based on WONDER.
To assist educators, parents and advocates for children's wellbeing to better experience the powerful learning that occurs in early childhood, the world-renowned Reggio Emilia Approach to education gives visibility to the values of its experience through an interactive traveling exhibit "The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children." The exhibit will provide a forum for bringing together a wide range of individuals and groups from the public and private arena in a collegial setting to engage in deep discussion around early childhood learning and continue the momentum to establish an early learning system of quality and accessibility.
"The Wonder of Learning" will open in Hawaii in July and will be housed at the University of Hawaii's West Oahu campus. The exhibit remains in Hawaii until December 7. Major sponsors of the exhibit are UH West Oahu, Mid-Pacific Institute, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Kamehameha Schools, the Atherton Foundation, UH-Manoa College of Education and PATCH Hawaii.
A series of professional development opportunities in conjunction with "The Wonder of Learning" exhibit are planned as well. This is to help enable adults participate with one another in experiencing "wonder through a different, but connected lens."