I was at a friend’s family celebration at the weekend, sitting chatting away to her mother, who was full of words of wisdom, as ever.
I watched a child moving in and out of the kitchen and into the garden. I then observed her interacting with my friend’s cat, she was talking to him and stroking him.
Of course, I had to take a photograph! I showed her mum and asked for permission to use it in a blog and during my training. She told me that her daughter is three years and four months and that they have no pets at home. This made me reflect on how quickly she was able to connect with the cat, based on trust and natural instinct.
What an awesome observation of a child in her natural state of calmness. My message to educators would be to observe and assess children for who they are, rather than observe to tick boxes. Getting to know the child is far more important and there are some observations that don’t fit into a box. These wonder and awe moments tell us more about the child, rather than continuously looking at Development Matters and/or Progress Matters.
My friend’s mother, who is a legend (I always learn so much from connecting with elderly people, who have sensible advice and great stories), discussed the observation of the child. She then asked her daughter to show me a photograph of one of her flowers that she grew from a seed. She said to me: “We have so much to learn from nature and animals.”
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