Saturday, January 16, 2010
A Week in Reflection
"The first three years of life are the most important. Observations prove that small children are endowed with special psychic powers, and point to new ways of drawing them out, literally 'educating by cooperating with nature.' So here begins the new path, wherein it will not be the professor who teaches the child, but the child who teaches the professor."
Education for a New World-Dr. Maria Montessori
Sometimes I think, I've got things pretty well figured out. Sometimes. I mean I've been working with children and families for over 16 years and so I assume because of those many years of experience, that I should know a thing or two. And I suppose by comparison I do. But after a week like this one, I welcome this quote from Dr. Montessori. It's soooooooooooo true isn't it?
Right now I should be cleaning my house, I should be preparing for a Zodiworks meeting I have today in Blue Hill, I should be doing allot of things. But here I sit typing. My two youngest boys are playing a game with their Daddy and the oldest is still sleeping so...I'm afforded a few blogging minutes.
This week I watched a two year old help an eighteen month old zipper his coat. I watched 9 children share 4 dress up hats swimmingly! And I was TOLD (by a child who doesn't often speak), that just because the red heart headband I put on his head for the Valentine photos I was trying to take, would look "super cute and sweet" in MY opinion, that HE would rather wear a green hat. And I listened.
Sometimes it takes me a while but eventually I catch on.
Thank you kiddos! You are the best educators a teacher could hope for.