A dog barking


Dog Barking by Owen, 3 years old

There is a television game program called, "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" where adults are asked for answers to questions about science, history, geography, math, and literature that many fifth graders already know. 

What an intriguing question to ponder as I begin this blog. 

Just think, what if the show asked children questions about emotional intelligence, or about their attitudes and approaches to experiences and others? 

What if the show's premise was, "Are you as curious as a fifth grader?" 

Or, Brave? Interested? Willing? Open? Adventurous? Inclusive? Flexible? Creative? What if we took away the age of the person? I think that would be a fascinating game show.

And blog.  

So, I'll begin by simply sharing stories about my experiences with children and the things I'm learning and let this whole wonderment thing unfold. 

Someone told me to create a space, this blog, as a comforting place to be with my unsettled, wondering and curious self. Forget that anyone will or should come. Write for yourself. To remember and reflect. Learn. Then let go. If anyone comes, okay. If not, okay. 

If you're here, thank you.

IMAGE: Owen drew and gave "dog barking" to me. That colorful, quiet communication captivated me.

At his parent conference, the team teacher and I gave it to his parents. One of the greatest joys of my career is parent conferences in the Montessori schools I've worked because they are occasions where I get to tell a parent all the things I notice, appreciate, and love about their child. I use their child's work, observational stories, and noted kindnesses they've given as examples. This idea is not novel. I know experientially and personally, that tenderness fosters openness and strength.

NOTE: I began this blog on August 16, 2009.