Dear Sibylla Kiddle School Families,
I'm not much of a gardener but my wife certainly enjoys it. In the wintery weather of this past week she rummaged up her supplies, ventured out to the garden store for some seeds and gently planted the tomato seeds for the upcoming growing season. The seeds now sit in a covered container near a sunny window in our house. Her growing techniques have taken a number of years to perfect but she has now mastered the technique of growing giant plants resulting in scrumptious tomatoes.
Last week, I wrote about how learning happens through the process of doing. Consider the tomato plant, how much experimentation and research has occurred before delicious tomatoes appear? It has been a multi-year process. Yet, it is in the product where celebration occurs. The joy comes when you finally pluck the tomato off of the vine, slice it up and throw it in a salad or on a hamburger. We learn by doing but we also need to relish in accomplishment. Accomplishment doesn't need to be perfection in order to attain satisfaction. In fact, a perceived end-product may pump us back into another process-based learning cycle. However, it is still important to recognize, enjoy and savor learning achievements.
Thank you to those families that were able to join us for Student-Led Conferences this past week. I hope you were able to dive into an understanding of the learning process with your child. I also hope you were able to enthusiastically celebrate their accomplishments to date. I encourage you to take time this weekend to do that. Celebrating is like recharging the batteries of our brain. It gives us the energy to dive back into more learning. What has your child accomplished that is worth cheering?