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Prioritizing Joy; Helping Children ‘Fly’
April 29, 2021
Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine on standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.
-Diane Silvers Ravitch, educational policy analyst and research professor

“The word joy will probably not show up in a curriculum guide...[However], those of us working hard to ensure a childhood for so many children know that if we did not hear laughter, giggling, hoopla, shouting, and cheering in our centers we couldn’t go on. It is the joy of each child that keeps us doing what we do,” wrote the late, admired Bev Bos in the book, Child Development.

And in the book, Art of Leadership: Cultivating an Early Childhood CurriculumMargie Carter provides questions for educational leaders (actually all of us) to ponder, written as if a child is asking us. Here is a sampling:

  • "Do you appreciate and understand my interests and abilities and those of my family? Do you know me?
  • Do you meet my daily needs with care and sensitive consideration: Can I trust you?
  • Do you engage my mind, offer challenges, extend my world? Do you let me fly?"

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Tiffany Peckham · May 03, 2021
Lincoln, NE, United States

Thank you Margie!

-Tiffany at Exchange

margaret (Margie) carter · April 29, 2021
Harvest Educators Collaborators
Seattle, WA, United States

Inspiration for these questions came from the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki, where we are asked to consider the child's possible questions in assessing our programs. I LOVE the question a child might be intuitively experiencing in coming to an early childhood program, "Will you let me fly?"

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