Building community while at home #6 – Why are we not going to our garden of children?

Small things matter. What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.

— Daisaku Ikeda

In our Early Childhood classes, we work and play together joyfully and with a deep understanding that the world is ultimately a good place. This feeling of trust and the sense that all is well creates security. We all wish we were in our garden of children! But right now, we cannot return to this familiar and reassuring place where we always met our friends.

When talking to our young children about the changes in our routine and environment it is always a good starting point to receive their questions with an open heart and mind. We want to shield them from the excess of information that is coming toward us. We are our children’s shield and filter, even more so in these challenging times. And at the same time, we cannot pretend that nothing is happening. We want to continue to be truthful.

by Anke Scheinfeld, Rudolf Steiner School Kindergarten