What Writing Is…..
One day a little girl in our school tilted her head toward me and asked “Linda, will you write my story?”
Now, typically I would simply agree, but something told me not to on that day. So instead of putting pen to paper, I said “Nandu, I will write it. But why don’t you?”
Linda! Nandu puffed out in exasperation “I CAN’T write! I’m just 4!!”
“I looked at her “Nandu” do you know what writing is?”
“No” she said, eyes wide in wonder.
“Writing is just some marks that you make to remind yourself of what you wanted to say. It is kind of a code.”
“Really?!” Said Nandu, in delight.
“Yes!” I said “And someday, you will learn a set of marks that everyone else can read, as well. But right now, you can just make your own and that will work.”
“Ok!” she said. And she excitedly began putting her story down on paper, shielding her paper from my prying eyes as she wrote.
What a success story! We don’t want to extinguish their excitement for learning… we want to light their fire for it.
Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, CA
Parenting From Balance
A mindful, “kid-centric” hands-on learning preschool program for the “whole child,” in a nature-ful, organic environment. Riviera PlaySchool is inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia and Non-Violent Communication.
“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson