This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we continued our explorations involving listening and partnership, two skills/ capacities a person might need when working to make the world better.
One category of listening/partnership exploration is called partner pictures. We tried a few different kinds of partner pictures, but the one that stood out the most involved children working together on a single picture. One child started out by drawing with the other observing. When I asked what the child who was observing was doing while here partner was drawing, she said, ” I’m thinking of the detail I want to add.”
Then the children decided to draw at the same time, this required slightly more coordination and dialogue.
One of the children described the whole process like this:
“You tell each other a detail and you make a whole new idea.”
While we have been spending time figuring out that there are many ways to listen and many ways to work in partnership, the children have independently brought forward something else that we value, children sharing and hearing ideas, to help them come to a new understanding.