The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children is a travelling exhibit and professional development tool that powerfully illustrates the importance of early childhood education, the many artistic “languages” through which children discover, research, and explore, and the renowned Reggio philosophy of education. First Baptist Day School hosted this exhibit in Greenville from January through mid-May, 2014 around the theme of The Pleasure of Learning: Reimagining Schools as a Place of Inspiration, Innovation and Collaboration.
The journey to bring the exhibit to Greenville began in 2010 with the acceptance of the school’s proposal to NAREA indicating our desire to be a host. Throughout the next three and one-half years, plans were set in motion to make this dream a reality. An Advisory Committee was formed; money was raised through grants, corporate donations and individual donations; FBDS educators began studying the exhibit content; and excitement was generated through advertising to the community, the state, and beyond.
The exhibit arrived in Greenville from Honolulu, HI in December 2013 and was installed by parent and teacher volunteers. Parents, educators, and Greenville community leaders, as well as representatives from the Project Infinity schools in Atlanta attended the opening ceremony on January 23, 2014, where Amelia Gambetti was a special guest.
Throughout its four and one-half month stay in Greenville, several organized opportunities were offered by FBDS to the local education community interested in early childhood education. Those opportunities included conferences for Greenville County early childhood educators, two conferences facilitated by Amelia Gambetti and Lella Gandini, and the NAREA winter conference which welcomed Italian educators Paola Cagliari and Angela Barozzi and brought participants from across the United States as well as other countries.
FBDS educators made many visits to the exhibit, collectively and individually. The work of the school continues to be influenced by the opportunity to study the exhibit for a long period of time while it was in Greenville. The exhibit left Greenville on May 22, 2014 for Albuquerque, NM, the next hosting site.