When we speak of wonder and awe in our environments your mind likely travels to the treasures found in the outdoors at Little Earth our The Nest, yet for us there is something we marvel at even more - the children. There is such truth in Dr Maria Montessori’s words;
The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.
We have to not only believe this but live this belief in our daily practice, choosing to notice and marvel at the every day miracles that are these children.
There is so much to be in awe of when we truly stop and look at the children around us.
It is nothing short of miraculous how these children come to us after such a short time on this planet, and yet they are so competent and have so much to offer. With so much being new to them, we can delight with them in the discoveries they make about the world and themselves on a daily basis. Young children absorb so effortlessly from their environment and have such a drive to learn, make connections and be independent.
The first six years
We know that the first six years are the most crucial in a child’s development, and set the scene for all the learning and development to follow.
We have to hold these years as sacred if we are to do the very best by the children in our care. We hold a reverence for childhood, and this is essential in driving what we do. Holding such a positive view of children means we see them as always doing the best they can with what they have available to them in that moment.
Children need empathy and role models, not critics. Handling with care is not about permissiveness though as children actually want to know how to behave in situations, join in and interact positively.
For teaching to be a heart work we can’t be in it simply for the paycheck, and certainly not for any ego driven notion of being adored by children.
To sustain our passion we need soul nourishment and this comes from being open to witnessing miracles. This is so important, as what you are looking for is very often what you find.
A place, space and pace
At Little Earth and The Nest we have consciously created an environment that is paced to allow time for just being with children, observing, listening and being present for what is taking place before us.
We have also left space for sharing these wonders amongst ourselves, our children and our families. We don’t keep these things to ourselves, our heart is in celebrating and sharing the remarkable everyday moments we encounter.
Even with over a decade of experience each, we are still astounded by children each and every day.
We know that as soon as it feels like we’re only experiencing the ‘same old’, and we’re no longer amazed, then it is time to head out of the classroom.
Our heart bank is still filled with sacred moments because we choose to notice and we value these so deeply. We have to make that choice and keep on choosing it. Only then can we witness miracles!
(This article was adapted from a previously published blog post 'You are a marvel')