Why do our current systems teach children in such linear ways? We all know that life happens in zig zags, circles, swirls and even random dots that don’t seem to make any sense at all.
In our children’s earliest days and months, we teach them through day to day life experience. We do not often set out with lesson plans, curricula or flashcards. As we eat, we describe the taste, color and texture of foods, As we empty the dishwasher, we name cutlery. As we live, we narrate each and every moment of our day and our wee ones learn as they go. My most poignant learning experiences have been through living them, whether it be chemistry through cooking or philosophy through exploring life’s big questions.
In looking for pre-schools for our very active and social, little lady, I hoped to find something that teaches in this same way – learning through day to day exploration.
In exploring various schools, I came across the school that my cousins’ girls attend and was wowed. Reading their philosophy makes me want to pack up our bags and move to Austin! Learning as an artistic endeavor – this is beautiful and so inspiring. “Guiding them towards a truer sense of who they are.” This is what I know my role as a parent to be and there’s a school out there that aims to do the same?! You move me, Habibi’s Hutch.
Here’s to more brown paintings!
“Sometimes our school looks like a circus. Often it is difficult to see the worth in allowing children to be covered from head to toe in brown paint. But we assert that by creating an environment where the children are free to decorate the school and themselves as they see fit, we are removing the false security of rules which are adult created and adult enforced – which ultimately have very little to do with anything other than tradition or etiquette. We are actually setting the children up for the extremely complicated and difficult task of self-regulation and self-discipline. If we allow the children the freedom to explore all the possibilities that any given situation can offer, we are guiding them to a truer sense of who they are and how they think about the world. Similar to the seemingly insignificant and unrelated little dots in a pointillist painting, each day at the Hutch joins with all the others to create an incredibly beautiful work of art.”