A Place for Joy

A Place for Joy

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. – Max de Pree

15 years ago I was deep in a search for a preschool for my son James. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for, but trusted that I’d know when I stumbled across it. .
One morning we visited a small preschool tucked away on the edge of our nearby bush land.  It was love at first sight for me, and for James.  The space and the touch of wildness to the outdoors had me at “hello”, and James was besotted with the old rickety bridge.
The old rickety bridge – much loved.

As I walked and chatted with the director through an outdoor area full of natural nooks and crannies, we came across three children engrossed in mixing water into dirt that was already wet from recent rain.

Watch this!” said one child delightedly, flinging a muddy glob to the ground.  “We are making art” she said

The director turned to me smiling, and asked: “Can you see their joy?”

Read more  —> A Place for Joy

Source: Let The Children Play – Blog

About Vivian

I am a blog author at Canyon Lake Nature Academy and owner of Organic Treasure, an online organic baby boutique. I am married and have an incredible 2 1/2 year old boy. I am an older mom and was raised by a Nature loving Belgian who invoked in me a passionate connection to living naturally, eating organic and living through experience. I wasn't "homeschooled" but the education that impacted my life the most was taught by my parents and the people who are closest to me. I am planning to Homeschool our son with nature based education. He is immersed daily in the garden and loves "outside"! I am excited to share with you our journey...

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