But are they being kind? This is a question more than one parent asked during conferences out of a concern for the give and take of their child's kindness in relationships with the others in the class.
"It's like that book (by Robert Fulghum) All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," said a father at classroom stories night, said a friend on Thanksgiving Day, and said Allison today.
The learning and understanding of kindness tacitly belongs to the growth of early childhood and carries into life long learning as well. Below is an excerpt from a book emboldening a deeper contemplation of kindness. The Book: On Kindness
“The pleasure of kindness is that it connects us with others; but the terror of kindness is that it makes us too immediately aware of our own and other people’s vulnerabilities (vulnerabilities that we are prone to call failings when we are at our most frightened). Vulnerability—particularly the vulnerability we call desire—is our shared biological inheritance. Kindness, in other words, opens us up to the world (and worlds) of other people in ways that we both long for and dread. How can people, from childhood onward, feel confident enough to take such risks?”
-Adam Phillips, On Kindness
"I love you!" -Zarina (Then many children say I love you to Marley.)
What a pleasure to have our very own Marley come into the classroom today and read two terrifically seasonal books! The first book was Fletcher and the Falling Leaves. A story about the changing seasons as observed by a fox (Not quite a dog, but Marley loves dogs!) The second book was One More Acorn. A story set in our very own Washington, DC!
Thank you so much for joining us today as our mystery reader, Marley! So splendid!!
Pick a Pose: Doing Yoga with our favorite Yogi, Allison