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