“This”

I believe that theory and practice are indeed the pedals on the bicycle and you need both to move forward. (Loris Malaguzzi coined this phrase)

 

It is a goal to share this belief within my blog. It is important.

 

Today, however, I want to show

 

gratitude through images.

 

beautiful moments,

small and large

private and public

hard earned through perseverance

spontaneous gestures

independence

help from friends

help from family

exhilaration

quiet

togetherness

chaos

making

flow

solitude

the lit fire

connection

joy

love

 

Embrace this idea:

Without deep relationships developed with children, hand, mind and heart-

“this” would not be possible.

 

This is creativity.

 

Thoughtfullness.

 

The data gathered is called humanity.

 

Trust.

 

It is the force that makes life remarkable.

 

Not always easy.

 

But remarkable.

 

 

In full gratitude,

Marla

 

Binoculars above and walkie talkie below

(Katy, PreK first self portrait)

The surprise of translucent transformation.

(BK Adams I AM ART exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum) Both K classes got to view the exhibit and meet the artist. When I emailed BK the images he was just blown away. “Marla, wow, this is the reason I do what I do.”

Michael rummaged his hands through the jewels and held these two red ones up to me.

Me: You found two red ones. Your favorite color!

Michael faces me and presses them to my chest, “No, it’s your heart.”

I carried them in my pocket all day. Patting them. I took them home. They sit on my dresser.

Not always easy

but remarkable.

PS  I have made many connections through reading and commenting on visionary blogs especially ones in early childhood education.

One of my favorites is a West Coast PreK teacher who is nothing short of prolific. He is also passionate, committed and fearless. I am humbled and honored to be nominated by him for the best best individual blog through Edublog. Please take a look at  Teacher Tom .  His review of my blog warms my jewel red heart.(and while you are there, brew a pot of coffee and read his posts!)