Study the Picture and Contemplate Their Focus


Since I’m home convalescing from hip surgery, not even four weeks ago, contemplative is an appropriate adjective describing much of my day. Certainly, being immobile lends itself to this present characteristic in my life.

The picture that I am posting in this blog post is one I took very early during the school year. It’s obvious by the clothes that the children are wearing it’s still rather warm. The children are totally enamored with the water feature that was functional during warmer weather. Soon that feature will be turned back on. Study the picture and contemplate their focus.

I remember watching this group of children – their body language, the intensity in which they watched the water flow, its speed, direction, and how it pooled into a small lake created by the force of the water.

Nervously, I watched, thinking this was such great learning, that I should step in with a teaching lesson; but I was in the Backyard and my primary work was keeping all children safe. Thanks goodness the children were rescued from my intrusion. The learning was theirs; they took ownership, and they moved the learning into depths that I could easily have hindered had I stepped in.

Creativity becomes more visible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding.” Loris Malaguzzi (20th century), Italian early education specialist. Quoted in The Hundred Languages of Children, chapter 3, by Carolyn Edwards, (1993).


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