Thursday, July 01, 2021

Family festival

Yesterday we had our end of school year Family Festival at the Clear Spring School. Students and staff were working for the last month to be ready for it, and  in the wood shop we had a display of whittling, camp stools, a buddy bench and top making to interest parents and guests. 

It was a delight for me to see our kids step in as teachers, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge.

The entire campus was filled with displays of student work. The outdoor classroom I helped a student build two years ago was the stage for musical performances, and the field of Froebel blocks provided seating for guests. So I'm pleased to see that I've left a mark.

I was awake in the night as a witness to a thread of interconnectedness that ties us each to one another. Imagine a line of ants down from the upper limbs of a tree, down to the dirt at its base, and then into the grass where it's impossible for the eye to follow. We are connected by such things, and what we do and what we do to or for each other as well as what's done for us forms the field of our interconnectedness. To sense that we are a part of larger things was one of the objectives of Kindergarten when it was invented by Friedrich Froebel in the early to mid 1800's. One could not have attended our family festival yesterday without feeling a part of larger things. And while I welcome the end of the school year, and the chance to catch up on things in my own shop, the joy from yesterday's celebration will be carried in my heart.

Make, fix and create. Assist others in learning lifewise.

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