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Being Truly Present with Children
January 29, 2020
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.
-The Dalai Lama

Two popular books invite us as early educators, administrators or college professors, to celebrate what it means when adults are truly present with children.

The beautiful book, Treasures in the Thicket | Tesores en el monte, by Bethica Quinn and Rosalina Rodriguez is an investigation into project work with children that is grounded in deep listening and relationship. In the introduction to the book, Ann Pelo and Margie Carter write:

“The creation of the children’s book about the animals of San Francisco is the story of Bethica and Rosalina’s journey through the thicket, guided by their commitments to collaboration with children, to children’s intellectual and emotional development, and to their own on-going growth into the teachers they want to be.”

And in her popular new book, The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children, Ann Pelo reflects on her experience of being the caregiver of 2-year-old Dylan. In one passage she explains:

“There is no easy distillation of how to be in place with a child. With Dylan at the blackberries, sometimes we discussed their sweet tang, sometimes we just savored the fruit, sharing purple smiles. There were times through the winter and spring when I talked with Dylan about the bushes’ cycle of rest and growth, sometimes those explanations sounded like foolish jibber-jabber, and sometimes I nailed the right balance of contexting information…

The only instruction for how to be in a place with a child, it seems to me, is to be wholeheartedly attentive, genuinely present.  Which means, sometimes, conversation, and sometimes, quiet. Sometimes, naming, sometimes, marveling.  Being present, together all the time, in generous and interested relationship with each other and with a place.”





Treasures in the Thicket | Tesoros en el monte

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Explore children's creative process and the treasures revealed through their educator's insights as they develop their representational expression of values and culture. Written by an educator in a Spanish immersion preschool, this tender, visually engaging book includes Spanish and English text.

Treasures in the Thicket is part of the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) collection. Use the ROW collection to discover how early childhood educators in the field are reimagining their work and thinking alongside children.

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Ariel Jackson · January 30, 2020
Sioux Falls, SD, United States


As a student in an early childhood education program I think those books would be great for my library. We are all so busy thinking about classes and homework and our own problems that I find it difficult sometimes to just focus on the kids I am taking care of. I need to be really with them not just physically with them.



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