A couple of people have recently asked me where I’m going with this blog. When I’m out of alignment and all wrapped up in my ‘taking things seriously’ mode I ponder this question as if it’s meaningful… however…
I ‘heard’ something on twitter yesterday that made me stop in my tracks…
“Why do schools do such stainy activities? It’s not like we’re sending them in scrubby clothes! #yeesh”
WOW! From my perspective, I salute the schools actually encouraging “stainy activities”!!! It tells me that they are engaging children, allowing them to experiment and actually LEARN something.
I realize that it’s taking time for schools to understand the obvious… words don’t teach… life experience teaches!
Maybe our kids would be better off if we did send them to school in ‘scrubby’ clothes. I know that during the years I was operating my childcare I asked parents to bring their children in their scrubbiest clothes. That way, none of us, including the children, had to worry about the occassional stain here and there. In fact, I kept a box of pre-stained clothes readily available for any child worried about soiling the clothes they wore from home.
The kids seemed to love it and so did I… that way the focus of our day could be directed to satisfying our curiousity and exploring our world instead of worry about keeping our ‘special’ clothes clean and stain free.
Imagine if we adopted this notion in our schools. Think about the benefits and savings…
Today I’m sharing a recorded segment of Abraham responding to a parents statement that she wants to be the best parent she can be.
I love the wisdom of Abe’s response so along with this YouTube video clip, Parenting in the Vortex, I’ve included below it an ‘imperfect’ transcript. ;-)