I love working with children: spending a day looking at the world through their eyes and thinking their thoughts is a kind of a wonderful retreat. It is like looking at the essence of the things, persons and emotions. If you are really attentive you will get a glimpse in the indispensable truth before you return to your adult world where complications succeed one another and we all have to pretend that we really know our way around.
I also always look forward to meeting with people working in the same field because it feels like speaking your native language or at least a language of mutual understanding. My anticipation of meeting Erica Christakis, a bestselling author of a much celebrated book The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups was rewarding in a way I didn'texpect.
She presented her book to the teacher's convention at the Sarah Lawrence college and couldn't have met a more thankful and receptive audience. It was, she said "like preaching to the choir".
The majority of educators agree on the crucial role of play in early childhood and not overloading our children with unnecessary information. It is not up to discussion for PA program that what the children mostly need from the grown ups is "a meaningful conversation with an interested adult".
But what Erica stressed during her presentation and I and my colleagues at PA can't agree more with is that we should do a much better job in educating parents about "the importance of being little"!
So dear Prospect Families and Friends for those of you who are looking for a great summer read I highly recommend: The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups by Erica Christakis. For those of you who can't find the time for reading we will hold a parent's workshop dedicated to this important topic at the PA in the Fall.
Lada Tillmann Program Director at Prospect Academy.