Drawing or “mark making” is one of the “languages” we mean when we talk about the “100 Languages of Reggio.” It is a natural means of expression, similar to the spoken language. Psychologist, Howard Gardner, saw an “emerging consensus that the children’s earliest marks result from ‘enthusiastic movement — banging, swooping, pulling.'” He describes it as a “heated frenzy of scribbling.” This is what I find when I offer markers and whiteboards to my students.
Because of our many opportunities to experiment with and develop mark making as a means of expression, one of my students, Coleman (pictured left), is at the point where his drawing has meaning to him and he is expressing it to me! For more pictures of our students drawing, check out our Facebook album.