Friday, June 2, 2017

We do this work for the wonders our children reveal to us

Hello Dear Families and Community of Great River School,

A reminder that we are building an ideal
learning environment for our programs and for our children.
Please check it out and participate! Be a builder!

Graduates are upon us - those who are matriculating
to colleges across the nation, as well as those children
who have grown into new views of the world, of their self,
of their place among things and others.

It is with deep gratitude, and full reverence that this time of year comes
upon me - the growth and changing of our children into the mature beings
and our witness reminds me: the work we do is so deeply speechless – so
 Inextricably linked to our humanity; and also as simple and powerful as any natural cycle.

 Our job as Montessori adults is to hold the space peacefully
so that children may come to life within it.

Thank you  for taking part in this.

And below a poem in celebration
of the creative powers of children at work.

scurried around a classroom papered with poems.
Even the ceiling, pink and orange quilts of phrase…
they introduced one another, perched on a tiny stage
to read their work, blessed their teacher who
encouraged them to stretch, wouldn’t let their parents
attend the reading because parents might criticize,
believed in the third and fourth eyes, the eyes in
the undersides of leaves, the polar bears a thousand miles north,
and sprouts of grass under the snow. They knew their poems
were glorious, that second-graders could write better
than third or fourth, because of what happened
on down the road, the measuring sticks
that came out of nowhere, poking and channeling
the view, the way fences broke up winter,
or driveways separated the smooth white sheets
birds wrote on with their feet.