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On Being Slow

I am on holidays. Which for me means going to a small home in a small town with lots of snow. It means sleeping late, spending 2 hours over morning coffee and the paper, going for walks in afternoon, and watching cooking shows on TV.  It means cocktails at dusk. Pretty slow.

Which leads me to think about kids and slow. (I know, everything leads me to think about kids. It’s the ECE geek thing….) Nobody does slow like kids. Just think putting on rain pants, boots, jackets and gloves.

I watched 4 year old Jack sit in front of his cubby, take his shoes off and then, well, isn’t that just an invitation to dance? Socks sliding on the floor, a scarf to twirl, Jack transformed the crowded cubby area into his own private stage, a look of joy on his face.

There are many moments like Jack’s in a day, moments we usually have to interrupt to hurry, redirect, move along. Sometimes the hurrying is necessary, but is it always?

In my work with educators we are thinking about routines, thinking about fluidity. About rhythms. Testing what happens if there is no scheduled snack time, no scheduled group time. Allowing kids to spend their entire outside time eating snack. Or having spontaneous book and song times instigated by those who want it.

Jack did get his outside shoes, jacket and scarf on. And then went outside and danced some more.




About Kim

Kim is an admitted ECE geek. She and Danielle have bonded over their shared geekdom and have come to terms with it. She is a pedagogical facilitator working with educators in a number of early learning settings supporting and extending new thinking and practice. She loves reading, writing, talking and sharing ideas about the potentials of teaching and learning with ece's and young children. ECE geeks unite!

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