We can change children's lives!
After the Presidential Election and the reaction to the result, I felt a spark within me, a spark to ignite my spirit to protect other’s rights. I find myself enthusiastic about my views for the future of the preschool with the knowledge I had obtain from my workshops, classes, and my new adventure “prayer singing”. This knowledge and motivation gave me a sense of urgency about children in a global sense.
The question is do all children feel loved? Can our tiny little preschool in East Orleans change the world? Yes!
I had realized that each day I hold the future in my hands; each child comes to the preschool to be immersed in love and knowledge. Can each of these concepts be on the same page, can they be expressed and welcomed in one small area? Yes!
At the workshops, I came in contact with fellow early childhood professionals who brought their love and knowledge to the table. So, why would it be any different for children? Each day children need to feel loved, and welcomed.
They simply cannot learn without feeling loved and secure.
Years ago, during the closing session of the NAEYC conference, I was treated to a lecture from Raffi, a world famous children’s author, composer, singer, and activist. His message was simple “Child Honoring”. The Child Honoring Covenant reads:
“We find these joys to be self-evident: That all children are created whole, endowed with innate intelligence, with dignity and wonder, worthy of respect. The embodiment of life, liberty, and happiness, children are original blessings, here to learn their own song. Every girl and boy is entitled to love, to dream, and belong to a loving “village” and to pursue a life of purpose. We affirm our duty to nourish and nurture the young, to honor their caring ideals as the heart of being human, to recognize the early years as the foundation of life, and to cherish the contribution of young children to human evolution. We commit ourselves to peaceful ways and vow to keep from harm or neglect these, our most vulnerable Citizens. As guardians of their prosperity, we honor the bountiful Earth whose diversity sustains us. Thus we pledge our love for generations to come.”
I read this Covenant to the Preschool Families during our Annual Family Preschool Feast. On Friday, November 18th, the preschool families were treated to a Thanksgiving Feast prepared for them by Mrs. Kiklis, our preschool teacher and their very own children. They prepared rolls, peeled potatoes, cut celery, and added much love to the work. Thank you to Mrs. Kiklis and Miss Johnston for all their hard work in making this feast unforgettable.
We are grateful for all the support of the outstanding parishioners of The Federated Church of Orleans. The families are always commenting on how nice, and supportive everyone is; something I already knew.
During November, all month we explored families, I taught the children that they have another family, your preschool family: we care, and love each other, and share together. The children were a bit baffled about the idea of another family but they grew to understand that each one of them is special and each of them brings their special talents to share.
And in the mist of all this I was named “Elder”, as we spoke of the Native Americans. We talked about traditions, celebrations of the past, and what brings us together. It is love that brings us together.
And so with the approach of the Christmas Season, we at the preschool have already started our journey of joy and gratefulness. During the month of December, we will leap into the wonderful traditions of Nursery Rhymes: Three Little Kittens, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Hickory Dickory Dock, and more. After enjoying Nursery Rhymes, we will be looking at our own traditions; families will have the opportunity to share with us their special memories and tell us how they celebrate the season. The Cookie Walk will be held on December 18th, so save your appetites for some delicious cookies.
The children, families, Sue and I would like to offer everyone a holiday blessing of happiness and hope. We here at the preschool appreciate your support in our quest to enhance and embrace our role in the lives of these young children.
Peace and Thankfulness,