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Children and Numbers


In this webinar we would like to provide you with starting points and suggestions for designing and constructing contexts capable of supporting children’s research in the area of numbers.


A series of Webinars

According to recent research the operation of counting is not an exclusively stage-based competency, but rather a “specific dominion” dependent on situations where children find they need, or wish, to carry it out. Much depends on what they are counting, the strategies they use, representations they have already built up or constructed, ways of counting they have tried out and experimented with before, and the meanings given to this.

Mathematics is generally associated with symbolic procedures and competencies, and today we know children’s capacity for symbolisation is present from birth, obviously in age-related forms. Indicators of symbolic competency can be seen in precursory gestures, such as finger pointing which is a precursor of naming, the peek-a-boo game which is a precursor of conversation, and making rows and lines of objects which is a precursor of ordinals and cardinals.

The procedures of counting, like those of writing, and before that of speaking, turn into tools for knowing the world, but for children they are themselves objects of knowledge, to be known. When children begin to chant their numbers verbally, when they begin to actually count, using their fingers or making rows of objects, when they set the table for friends at school, and represent quantities in a drawing, they are carrying out processes that are processes of describing experience to themselves and to others.

This webinar will give us starting points for designing and constructing contexts in our daily lives that solicit and provoke the children, capable of supporting children’s research in the area of numbers, and at the same time capable of supporting children’s reflective capacities, their capacity for building connections between experiences, words, and concepts.

Included in the cost

New for this season: on purchasing your live webinar you will now be able to replay and watch it for a limited time after the event. 


- Q&A with teachers, educators, pedagogistas, and atelieristas who work, or have worked, in Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centres and preschools, and with Reggio Children

- Reggio Children Webinar certificate of participation

- membership of the Reggio Emilia Approach digital community

- simultaneous translation into English 

- bibliography

Info for participating in the webinar


Webinars will be conducted in Italian with simultaneous translation into English. Select your preferred language, Italian or English, by clicking “INTERPRETATION” on the Webinar platform.



All Webinar times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is local time in Italy. Please be careful to calculate what time this corresponds to in your own location before deciding which Webinar to sign up for.



One hour before your chosen webinar we will send a link to the email address provided during enrolment.

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Under no circumstances may photographs or videos of speakers and their multimedia documentation/presentations be taken.

Educational material (multi media documentation in PowerPoint, video recordings etc.) presented during the Webinar, cannot be ceded, either to organizers or to participants.



A bibliography of reference reading material will be published the day after your Webinar.  You can find the reading list  in your reserved area, in WEBINARS AND WEB CONFERENCES, under the webinar you attended, in RESOURCES.  



The day after the event you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the webinar you have attended in your reserved area. You can find the certificate in WEBINARS AND WEB CONFERENCES, under the webinar you attended, in RESOURCES



On Tuesday, October 6h, a recording of the live webinar will be made available in your reserved area, in the section WEBINARS AND WEB CONFERENCES, under RESOURCES on the relevant webinar page. The webinar recording will be available for you to replay until October 9th.


Lucia Colla

Lucia Colla has been a Teacher Educator for the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 2007.
Colla collaborates with Reggio Children on the realisation of publishing projects and professional learning journeys, through participation in seminars and workshops in Italy and abroad.

Paola Strozzi

Paola Strozzi, Pedagogista, Pedagogical Coordination of the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres, Istituzione of the municipality of Reggio Emilia, until 2018.
For Reggio Children she collaborates on publishing projects and professional learning journeys through participating in seminars and workshops in Italy and overseas.

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