Saturday, February 25, 2012

An Intimate Moment


It is in this intimate exchange between an infant and his teacher that we see the importance of slowing down, valuing relationships and giving attention to the child. Even in silence, a teacher who values a child, can have a powerful moment of exchange.
Carlo explores the Jello and then in an offering, without words, extends his hand and invites his teacher to do the same.
This exchange serves as a reminder for us to see the world through the child's eyes as he explores and builds knowledge. When a teacher is attentive, she will find innumerable opportunities such as this one. Often we are pressed to find that moment when a child makes a monumental discovery but the heart of our work lies in moments such as these!

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.  ~Etty Hillesum

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Complexity of Design

This city erected by Henry and several other classmates was a engineering feat as they encounterd some challenges presented by the very nature of the materials chosen.

"Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities." ~Marcus Terentius Varro, De Re Rustica