This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we started our new theme, Eliyahu HaNavi. Our focus has been on people/ leaders working to make the world a better place. Many of our explorations involve listening and partnership, two skills/ capacities a person might need when working to make the world better.
I want to highlight the exploration we are offering in our building area: building with partners. When these children started building, they each had their own blocks and were only communicating needs about having more space or more blocks.
When I introduced the idea of building together, one of the children said, “What if we connect our buildings in the end”. Somewhere along the way the children discovered that if they pooled all of their materials, they could build a really tall structure, so their natural conclusion was to work together.
The words that children were using were shifting from what they each thought they needed, to things like, “look it shaking, let’s put this one next so it won’t fall over”.
As more children became interested, they would say, “can I build with you?” each time the response was, “sure”, and they figured out how to incorporate new ideas and manage the space.
One of the most fascinating things was that each time their structure fell over (it happend a lot). The children didn’t give up, or blame anyone. They simply started over, and most of the children involved, sustained play for an extended period of time.
Not only was this collaborative building experience a bonding moment for these children, but they were demonstrating that when you work together and listen to each you can do so much! I am looking forward to seeing what other ways we develop as leaders and build together.