Category Archives: children

comfort always.

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day two of our return to school

 we all find comfort in our own way

a donkey, a pillow, a bus, a dragon

  each makes all the difference to someone. 

 

“cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”

-hippocrates

the kinder came.

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the kinder came

they masked

they played

they conquered. 

 

“this is the short and long of it.”

– william shakespeare

 

 

first day of school – september 2020

most unusual day.

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today is the first day back at school

i imagine the kinder calmly gliding into nature with me

all possibilities are on the table

 could be more like the picture below

most likely will fall somewhere in between. 

“today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

-william arthur ward

 

photo credits: vintage pinterest, gamma-keystone london

 

born.

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“the six pack’- my grandies all kind of sitting still in one place at one time

on national grandparents day

i am reminded of this afternoon

5 years ago in the park

 you always were

from the youngest age

each your very own person

 i’m so happy to be ‘peaches’ to every one of you.

“when a child is born, so are grandmothers.”

judith levy

dragonheart.

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what did i find at the farmer’s market?

lots and lots of berries, zucchini, tomatoes, farmers, pies, flowers, herbs, honey, bread, 

and one tiny dragon.

 

“one does not need the size of a dragon to have the soul of a dragon. “

– robin hobb

 

 

piaget.

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*Jean Piaget (1896-1980) in his office.

Shout out to all those who didn’t tidy their office before the start of the school year.

“simple solutions seldom are. it takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”

-alfred north whitehead

 

*Piaget’s (1936) theory of cognitive development explains how a child constructs a mental model of the world. He disagreed with the idea that intelligence was a fixed trait, and regarded cognitive development as a process which occurs due to biological maturation and interaction with the environment.

credit: modern language association

secret forts.

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grandie j heads out

mohawk helmet on

backpack filled

with pokemon cards, water, hope

off on his bike to meet friends 

at their ‘secret fort’

in the neighborhood.

after he makes his grand exit

grandie b, left behind, shares –

“we all have the same secret fort, but no one knows it.”

 

“well i know the secret places. and the nests in hedge and tree;

at what doors are friendly faces, in what hearts are thoughts of me.”

-henry wadsworth longfellow

keep the heart touchable.

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doing virtual early childhood parent-teacher conferences online

did not feel natural

but i give parents so much credit

some went to elaborate lengths

to find a space and time

where their child wouldn’t find them

so we could openly talk

and share stories

about how their child

touched our hearts this year

we talked to parents

in a closet, in a basement, up in an attic room,

and those who sent their child off on an errand

some waited until their child was asleep at night

but one thing was the same

this was a wonderful group of supportive, think-on-their-feet parents

who kept our connection with their children going

even from a distance

as we all navigated our way through this uncharted territory

and we were so lucky to have them as our teaching and learning partners this year.

 

“in a world where the great technologies enable us to record, replay, cut and paste, zoom in, and delete –

listening is the crucial commitment to keep the heart touchable.”

-mark nepo

 

 

 

photo credit: bored panda

thirty minutes.

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each of our faculty members

were allowed to go into their room alone for 30 minutes

during that time we could take

whatever we imagined we might need

to teach school — for the rest of the year.

walking into my building, it was silent

 i saw the ‘welcome back to the sun’ and ‘happy spring’ artwork

my class had created for the hall

expecting to be back soon after our spring break

walking into my classroom

it was sad

left as it was back in mid-march

memories, things undone, things i wish i could still do with my class

cards, and art, and notes, and pictures, and colors, and books

30 minutes to decide what to take

 i filled my bags with toys and books and art and puppets

 anything i thought might make my kinder feel a sense of comfort

as i teach them from afar and show them familiar things

 it was hard to close the door on the year

 knowing i will stay connected to each of them

but also knowing

something will be lost

in not spending my school days

sharing a room with them.

“time flies over us, 

but leaves its shadow behind. “

-nathaniel hawthorne