There are people who went to the ‘best’ schools with the ‘best’ tutors with the expectation that they would turn out to be better than their peers and become successful. Some didn’t or turned out to be sad people and what had been lacking, was the interest of their parents, the enthusiasm for the child’s endeavours, something money can’t buy.
This picture is about kindling an interest in early childhood: This dad plays drums and anything that can be drummed he will tap a rhythm on. This child is surrounded by family members who are enthusiastic about art and music and practice it whenever they can. This child may not become a musician herself, but the kernel of appreciation has been planted, because a fertile spot has been created by the adults through their enthusiasm. In time this seed may become a means of enjoyment as a listener or an outlet for an artistic expression. Who knows? The point I am making is that is the love and passion of the adults and what they are interested in, is what helps a child to become curious about it and wants to ‘have a go’.
We have three birch trees in our Montessori Playschool garden. They have been chosen for good reasons: Their black and white textured trunks have a magical, fairy tale quality about them. The small leaves make a soft rustling sound in the slightest breeze and create dappled shade in summer time, while they blanket the grass in red-brown leaves in autumn.
Those leaves can be raked up into lines to follow like a mediation trail or pushed into heaps to jump in, on or over and the seeds, now dry and brittle are scattered in the wind or used as decoration for the children’s art & craft work.
But on this morning, under the bare thin twiglike branches, the leaves were gathered up, put in the wheelbarrow and tipped out over the empty flowerbeds and under the daisy bushes in a spontaneous and very social and cooperative activity!
How to make the link from using body language to using words.
Children will often try to communicate by using body language, facial expressions, pointing. This is quite normal because that is how it all starts and parents, in particular mothers, often keep this type of communication going much longer than necessary out of sheer habit. Besides, how would one know when to stop responding to wordless communication? We don’t, unless someone draws our attention to it.