//Follow the Child, Enjoying Small Things

Follow the Child, Enjoying Small Things

 

A vase with a single marigold presented itself at a table for two in a Primary (for ages 3-6) classroom Friday:

 

 

A marigold in a simple vase attracted sunlight to a table for two.

The marigold in water attracted sunlight.

 

 

Soon, a couple of friends were chatting there, resting from a long walk.

 

 

Just talking.

Just talking.

 

 

On the other side of the room, a younger child was being shown how to arrange flowers.  He was getting  a lesson from an experienced older child.

 

 

"Just watch me."

“Watch me.”

 

 

There are several steps to a successful arrangement:

 

 

The flowers go in a bowl of water.

The flowers go in a bowl of water.

 

 

"We remove the leaves from the lower part of the stem."

We remove the leaves from the lower part of the stem.

 

 

Now, we put the flower in the vase.

Now, we put the flower in the vase.

 

 

We look to see that the bottom of the stem is submerged in the water.

We look to see that the bottom of the stem is fully submerged in the water.

 

 

And, we put it somewhere where it will look pretty.

And, we put it somewhere we think it will look pretty.

 

 

"Do you want a turn?" he is asked.

“Do you want a turn?” he is asked.

 

“Yes,” he does indeed!

 

"Let's pour out the old water," he's told, and he gets to fetch fresh water in the pitcher.

“Let’s pour out the old water,” he’s told, and he gets to fetch fresh water in the pitcher.

 

 

And, joy!  Here are some for him to arrange.

And there are more marigolds for him to arrange.

 

 

Small things can be very important and can be the cause of great change.  Let’s follow the child and take note of small things.

 

 

Follow the Child!

 

 

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2017-11-14T22:22:45+00:00By |Early Education|