spring conferences begin today-
here’s to all the teachers and parents out there.
credits: mark parisi, offthemark.com
“the quiet house” on the 3-6 year old children’s playground
on a trip to visit schools in north carolina
i loved meeting the young children
i loved meeting the educators who
understood the importance
play, compassion, kindness, projects, community
when teaching young children.
i met many people who were so passionate
education and children and life in general.
what a lot i learned from them.
the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
– sydney j. harris
traveling with my co-workers
to meet fellow educators
i was faced with a snap decision.
with one of us busy on her phone
working to get transportation from the airport
and the other already at the bottom
i suddenly realized i was left carrying two rolling bags.
while standing at the top of the moving stairs
and people piling up behind me.
i quickly did the math
and decided that:
me – one human
they – two rolling bags
would probably not all
safely make it down at the same time.
so instead of a minus one situation
at the end of the equation
i heaved my companion’s bag
right onto the escalator
all on it’s own
let it just gently bounce and roll down
figured it could take care of itself
alerted them to look out for it at the bottom
though when they looked up
they were too busy laughing
to realize the gravity of the situation
it all ended well.
humans and bags both
none the worse for wear.
survival instinct kicked in
at just the right moment.
and that is why we are teachers.
we are always learning.
i feel that i might be good in a landslide situation.
or a kindergarten classroom.
“let thy step be slow and steady, that thou stumble not.”
it was a morning spent with the kindergarten on an ice skating adventure. filled with tip-toeing on skates, scooting on boots, giving rides on cones, running on ice, holding hands, tumbling, crashing, laughing, noses running.
and all this, as our little hockey playing and figure skating kinders skate on by.
when it’s time to warm up with hot cocoa and donuts, they find themselves on equal ground, and they are all exhausted and so happy. and then, even our hockey players cry when it is time for moms and dads to leave, and for us to return to the cozy comfort of the circle rug in our classroom once more. and some of us feel newly discovered muscles in their legs the next day, that are apparently never used in this way, and take it real slow when going down the stairs.
I would say my sense of adventure outweighs my grace – Kathy Ireland
finally all back together in school this week, and the kindergarten made the most out of enjoying what mother nature had left behind for us to play with. we headed out to go sledding on a ‘hill’ that could best be described as no more than a 23-degree angle, though to see their eyes upon approaching it, it appeared to be their first encounter with the swiss alps. even so, it was a challenge to get to the top, as the snow was quite deep and their legs were quite tiny. but motivated they are, and they hiked up to the summit, over and over, jumped on sleds, headed down, and marched back up.
all except for one little guy. he stayed on the sidelines, even when invited up, and instead rolled around and ran around and laid in and laughed and ate all the snow he could handle. when it was time to leave and stomp back in, he began crying and yelling out, ‘you didn’t let me go sledding!!!!!’ his outburst was met with great understanding by my class who simultaneously burst out laughing. it was at this point perhaps, that he realized he had made his own choices, and this was not a great argument. the sobbing stopped.
There’s no fear when you’re having fun – Will Thomas
when everyone made it back inside, they warmed up, had a snack, went to music class, made puzzles, read books, ate lunch and suited up for another trip outside, this time to the playground. once out there, they saw that their familiar playground had been turned into a winter wonderland. there was fresh, fluffy, deep, white, sparkling snow everywhere, totally untouched by any other kids!
they jumped in it, rolled in it, made snow balls and snowmen and snow castles, played with ice chunks, went down the slides covered with snow, filled buckets with snow, made snow angels, snapped icicles off of their playhouse, climbed things, tried to run in the snow, and loved every minute of it. after a long time spent playing on our ‘winter beach’ we headed back inside once again. after taking off all of our layers and hanging them to dry, everyone was absolutely exhausted. it was nap time. and we had earned it.
image credit: mnh.si.edu
When you’re really having fun, you’re always doing it a little bit in a way that you’re not supposed to.
That’s when great things happen.