We are blessed in that our school was designed by a Montessori teacher who ensured that each classroom has windows low enough for every child.
This past week, those wonderful windows allowed the children to witness something very special.
While working with a child at a nearby table, I was aware of two other children kneeling on the floor watching out the window and chatting about 5 year old things. Suddenly, they became very quiet and still. After a few seconds, they began to beckon to other children and I could hear the excited whispers of "Quail! The quail are here!"
All activity stopped as the family of Quail marched carefully and hesitantly across the primary playground toward the birdfeeder in the elementary playground.
Those children who had been working on the deck moved to the railing and watched the procession. Even our rambunctious new three year olds stood very quietly so the birds would not be startled away.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Her eyes-how they twinkled! Her dimples how merry!
And I laughed when I saw her - I was feeling quite airy!
The philosophy and method that she had developed,
Are firm in my mind; I'm completely enveloped.
I spoke not a word, but went straight back to work,
Continued my cutting, then locked up with a jerk.
But as I drove away, a quote came to mind;
"The child is both the hope and promise for Mankind."
(With a nod to Lisa Nolan from whom I inadvertently got this idea.)