"One of my favorite times of day with a group of toddlers is mealtime…" writes Deb Curtis in Really Seeing Children. "It's one of the few times during the day that their usually active bodies are still. This time often has a meditative quality to it as the children sit quietly and immerse themselves fully in the experience. They notice the collection, colors, textures, temperature, and taste of the food. The children explore with their hand and fingers, as well as their mouths.
I’ve heard adults discourage this sensory exploration and efficient finger eating when they remind children to 'use your spoon' or 'stop playing with your food.' Instead, I want to delight with and learn from the children’s persistence, pleasure, and total captivation with these experiences."
"Really Seeing Children shifts the perspective of observing children from a dull, burdensome activity that’s done to meet assessment requirements to a delightful, invigorating, thought-provoking experience where educators can’t wait to document and share the stories of amazing children. This book expands the early education field’s view of the value of the everyday moments in children’s lives and refines adults’ abilities to see the development that occurs in children’s play, relationships, and their environment."
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I continue to be enamored with the work and ideas of Deb Curtis. I have read the book, preached about it, shared it, and it is now covered in sticky notes with my thoughts.
Thank you for reminding us all how to "really see children"!