Our place in the Universe
This is part two from our class today on families, home and community building. We are celebrating "Stone Soup" with our school community next week. Each class is contributing to the meal. This week we have been reading and telling the story by:
Award-winning artist Jon J Muth. He retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Set in China, in Muth's beautiful landscaped watercolors. This is a newer vision taken from an older German folktale. I am in love with how this book takes compassion and weaves the community together. The Living Wisdom School celebrates this event with our families each year as our Thanksgiving tradition.
|Setting the scene for re-telling the story together. All the children have a part to play.|
|Our new reading and acting corner. The children have many books and materials for telling their stories together|
|Hum, I think this is how it goes?|
|Showing pictures and telling stories at lunch time. This gives the child a greater sense of confidence while speaking in front of a group.|
|Can you show me your dog? Where is he?|
These experiential activities begin to keep children's hearts open toward as an expansive view of their classmates lives. It is a joy to experience their sense of wonder, as their values of compassion are beginning to expand and grow towards each other.
I will end with a quote from the Education for Life book written by J. Donald Walters:
For education to prepare children for meeting life realistically, it should encourage them to learn from life itself, and to view with skepticism a body of fixed knowledge that has been passed on unquestioned from one generation to the next.
Education must above all be experiential, and not merely theoretical. The student should be taught, among other things, to observe the outcome of any course of action, and not to depend blindly on the claims of others as to what that outcome is supposed to be, and therefore will be.