my classroom is chock full of
multi-age kinder (3s-young 5s)
who stay with us for two years.
one of the very best things
is watching the older kinder
who were the younger kinder
just one year before
as they quite naturally and organically grow
to become the leaders/teachers/helpers/mentors
to the new group of younger kinder
who were at home
just one year before.
what a joy it was to watch someone older
spend a very long time
finding all the special markers she needed
to create an easy to see linear rainbow
for someone younger
who wanted to create
her very own rainbow picture
in her very own style
using all the special colors.
judging by their faces
when she finished her very own rainbow
they were both equally proud of the results.
“nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
“there is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything.
negative people find their walls.
so never apologize for your enthusiasm.
may you all live like this forever. and ever. and ever.
love, your teacher
(who lives like this too)
kinder weaving and learning
fine motor work
each person giving something
one dancing ballet as others wove
collaborating to create something new
feeling the value and joy of public art.
“in the tapestry of life, we’re all connected.
each one of us is a gift to those around us helping each other be who we are,
weaving a perfect picture together.”
the kinder have been exploring the world of clay and water
seeing the more they have it in their hands
the warmer and softer it gets
the easier it is to create things
everything is possible.
one of them even took
this wonderful picture of his clay.
“i thought clay must feel happy in the good potter’s hand.”
i have never seen a better radioactive spider in my life.
“everything you can imagine is real”
finding the mud was such a delight
starting out slow
checking how deep it was with a stick
walking, then running, then jumping, then splashing
only one ‘quicksand’ victim who we unstuck
boots dumped out after
filled with water dirt wood chips, rocks, sticks and unknown mushy things
a pair of mud-soaked socks
drying in the sun
and so much tired fun.
” mud is the most poetical thing in the world.”
-reginald horace blyth
heading out on a rainy day
to explore, discover things, and learn
in the much larger classroom of the universe.
“the universe is a great university.”
the kinder discover yet another miracle
“every moment of light and dark is a miracle.”
when someone in our class
got injured while playing outside
the kinder quickly sprang into action
creating art and cards for their friend
23 pieces of art from 14 children
given to her to know she was cared about
a quiet smile was her gift back to them.
“making art is like giving a gift: evidence of your spirit and that you are here.”
– paddy mitchell
i’m ready for you, kinder!
art credit: gary larson, the far side