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


  1. This is a beautiful picture! Through my experience with younger children, I've learned that, when I lower down to the children's level and offer my full attention, it allows them to be more actively engaged in the activity and spend a longer period of time focused. Yes, younger children do have shorter attention span, but you can definitely make huge differneces simply by sitting with them and giving appropriate responses to their actions! Once again, Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture -it really inspires me.

  2. This picture is priceless, it goes back to your previous entry "The power of documentation lies in the picture". This picture says it all. Thank you for sharing this special moment with us.

  3. Beautiful, priceless.. Slow down and enjoy the moment.. She surely is a great teacher! Yeni

  4. Such a picture!!!!~Sabrina

  5. This experience in itself is simply about exploring green jello. The teachers involvement and attention to the childs exploration is what gives meaning and value. I enjoyed the picture and laughed at the infants attempt to share his findings with someone he valued.
    Franca Linardi

  6. This is what they call a picture perfect moment, this is just priceless!