talk block

we made construction paper cards with questions on them for our kindergarteners.  see, we have this time every morning where we sit around and give everyone a chance to talk – one at a time for nearly as long as they’d like.  the stories range from “last night…my brother….umm…well…he was smiling a lot.  my brother really loves to smile.” to full synopsis of a movie that randomly popped into their heads.  there are two kids, however, who seem to always pass the ‘talk block’ to the next friend and state, “i don’t have anything to share today.”

so sometimes we don’t have anything to share.   no problem.  we let it go for several weeks, but it’s turned into an everyday thing.  so we made cards with questions on them.  if they don’t have anything to share they can answer a question.  and hopefully that question sparks something else in their sweet little heads they’ll then continue sharing.  

chatting to a friend the other night i realized my kindergarten class isn’t the only age who’s unsure their words make a difference in this world.  there are a number of adults – myself included – who pass the block.  and while i’m t


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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran

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