In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been working with a paradigm of leadership that connects to skills that the children are already starting to develop. That a leader is someone who works to make the would bette, using listening, partnership, courage and persistence.
One exploration that the children have been very excited about, is a community building game that we have been calling crossing the river. The premise of the game is that the group has to cross from one side of the room to the other, while staying inside a set of hoops for the entire crossing. In these photos you can see the children putting the some of the leadership skills (listening, partnership, courage and persistence) that we have been thinking about, into action.
This game can be challenging and requires a certain amount of bravery to rely on others to get across. The children also exhibited bravery in trying something brand new.
The children talked and listened to each other when they were figuring out who would stand in which hoops to best support crossing the river.
I can’t wait to see when else we can use our leadership skills.