First, listen while two little girls are interviewed by their dad after one cut the other’s hair. Hilarious. (And many of us have been there.)
Infant presence is not an intrusion into adult life, but rather an expected and welcome part of all adult activity.
Infant needs, as communicated for example by crying, are met immediately; a fearful stimulus is removed, the breast offered, or a discomfort alleviated. Older children automatically defer to the younger ones out of pleasure and confidence in their own nurturing abilities.
Alison Gopnik on Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School (or, one could argue, Why School Should Like More Like Preschool).
Direct instruction really can limit young children’s learning. Teaching is a very effective way to get children to learn something specific—this tube squeaks, say, or a squish then a press then a pull causes the music to play. But it also makes children less likely to discover unexpected information and to draw unexpected conclusions.
Why might children behave this way? Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental. It’s this kind of learning, in fact, that allows kids to learn from teachers in the first place.
This blog post on moments of love just about brought me to my knees.
Have a wonderful week ahead, Friends! I hope it is full of moments of love.