who is the “child?”
The child is our present, the child is our future. To behold a child is to behold one of life’s beautiful creations. Their innocence, their intrique, their newness created in each moment. The child’s spirit is deeply connected to living and experiencing life and to loving him or herself. Watching his or her hands or observing a ladybug. Each moment is a discovery filled with wonder and awe. Through spending time in nature they continue to unfold that which is already awakened within themselves and to me they are one of the most precious connections to source energy/ pure love.
As an eduator of “the child” it means to receive a gift. To gently go through the layers of wrapping paper until you get to the child. You learn to get to child through observation.This can be seen as the child learns to find him or her self or as Maria Montessori discussed when they reach “normalization”. When the educator provides the environment for the child to develop self-discipline through listening to his or her inner self, the child will have developed will. This will and faith gives them the building blocks of creating success.
Consistant guidance to allow the individual to develop his or her talents, character and to grown in their development, at his or her own pace while learning the environment around them is the task of educator. The body, mind and spirit of the child are one unit and all these should be a platform for viewing the child.
As we demonstrate love and respect thorough our words of encouragement and kind actions, we allow “the child” to be seen and heard. As we allow children the space to listen to their inner motivation we are allowing them to see and hear themselves. This ability to see themselves will give children the focus to see solutions so that they can better understand their abilities and bring out their treasures .
As children grown and we guide them to appreciate the environment through the care of themselves, the materials, classmates and the world, they learn to be grateful for what they have.
To see, learn and understand the child we must also see and honor pure love within us and as we continue to open our hearts to love, observe, and guide “the child” we will continue to hear the call to honor and cultivate life.