“We’re going to take these ideas back to our program and re-create them.”
Recently, at the John Hancock Child Care Center, we held an Open House for our early childhood colleagues in the Boston area, and these are some of the comments we heard again and again as our visitors wandered throughout the center.They said that it was more than the beautiful facility. That it was the feeling within the environment – a strong sense of being connected – one teacher to another, one classroom to another. It was the whole package – the presentation, the creative use of unusual materials put together in “loving” ways – yes, “loving.” For, they understood the thinking behind each item in the classroom, why it was placed just so in the scheme of things, and, more importantly, what could the children do with it – and learn from it. They talked at length with our teachers in their classrooms. A great deal of thought and care about young children’s needs (physical, social, emotional, intellectual) is what quality is all about. And, it was evident to our guests that our teachers and staff are “artists” when it comes to their work. I love this quote from Francis Of Assisi – “ He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
And, doesn’t it just fit!What was palpable during this open house was the passion! And, the unique, individual ways that this passion came through. There was a spirit of understanding and appreciation among everyone in attendance.
When I think back to the open house, and replay the day in my head, it really is all about Connections, isn’t it? And about sharing what we know and what we have learned. And, it’s about building relationships with like-minded people who share our passions. And yes, it’s about the love we have for our work, our craft, our “art” – which will live on after we’re gone.Can you relate to this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!