April 2019, Be Aware of WonderPosted by Deb Brown on 4/1/2019 5:00:00 AM
Be Aware of Wonder
During this time of the year the flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the warmer weather is on our doorstep and children are registering for kindergarten. Many still holding firm to a pant leg or Mom’s skirt, the little ones enter the building unaware of the wonderful journey on which they are about to embark. Some children will be reading, others will not; some will have mastered the writing of the alphabet, others will know the song; some will be comfortable in a group setting, others will prefer to play alone. The skilled educator will welcome all in the classroom, assess individual talents, abilities and needs and provide an environment for learning that will promote the success of each child. During the day, the children will have time to develop their reading, writing and math stills but will also learn through play and group experiences including movement, creative expression, exploration, socialization, and music (HB 1499).
It’s generally recognized that kindergarten is a strong precursor to grade one, creating habits for what it is like to be a student when mastering foundational concepts. Learning the basics of reading, writing and math is critically important. But, do we give adequate consideration to the value of developing character and the ability to work with others? In a recent poll, among the top ten skills that employers wanted most in their employees were: the ability to work in a team, the ability to make decisions and solve problems, the ability to communicate, and the ability to be organized. While our five-year-0lds are years away from their first job, so much of the significance of kindergarten is found in the development of who we become as a person. So, maybe Robert Fulghum’s thoughts about the beginning of the educational journey have merit. Remember “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”?
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life – Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Let us not lose sight of the wonder of learning, discovering, and seeing things for the first time. And no matter how old we get, let us remember all of the valuable lessons that are learned in kindergarten.
~ Pamela Stiles