It starts young. When children observe the people they care about picking up trash on a walk, helping a neighbor mow their yard, or donating food to a food bank being kind and giving back becomes just part of their world. In your school, you can imbed opportunities for helping others in the classroom (as discussed in the previous post) and in your local community.
Let me tell you, I am incredibly nervous and my anxiety is in overdrive! For the first time in my adult life I will be standing face-to-face with a legislator stating the reasons why we need to do better for our youngest children. It is an issue that I am well versed in but I am afraid I will stumble over my words or forget the major points I want to make.
The foundation for learning in my last school was based on a hands-on, play-based approach where children had open ended time to explore. There were adult guided explorations and a flexible daily schedule. Children engaged in extended periods of play that was uninterrupted by an adult. During those years I noticed that children’s ability to engage in unstructured play, compared to their same aged peers, often related to the age they enrolled.