Children just ARE who they are - absolutely - even at a very very young age. They already have that sense of self, somehow, that brings some attitude, some "of COURSE I can do that", some leadership and charisma.
It is one of my favorite parts of my role as an early childhood educator - to meet 4-year-olds who just "get it" already, can socialize, have opinions, have plans and questions and don't want to miss a second of school life.
|Didn't matter to Ava that supplies were high - she always got what she needed!|
Here is one such girl. I will call her Ava [yet I change all the names of students in my blog for their privacy].
Ava was a Go-Getter, a Do-It-My-Selfer, and a Nothing Is Too Hard For Me kind of girl.
However, I didn't know that Ava at first.
When her family first visited our school to consider applying, I met with them and with Ava. I loved the family, loved Ava and certainly thought they could be a match for our school.
Ava was not petite - she was strong and a fast runner and capable - yet her height was far below a typical range for height for 4 or 5 year olds.
I was fearful she would not be able to participate in some things, that she wouldn't be able to climb on the big playground climber, that all the stairs and steps at our big school would wear her out everyday.
However, none of that was a concern for the family. Ava was talkative, busy and full of energy. She was a great match for a young-fives program and would be a great addition to our class culture. We discussed that time would allow us to see how Ava would adapt to school and that we would make adjustments on her behalf if necessary.
Nothing was needed. No changes were necessary. Ava embraced her school environment and it embraced her.
In the classroom, Ava had no issues that kept her from doing what she wanted to do, used materials as she needed, and navigated her way around independently.
Ava was NO DOUBT FEARLESS.
Teachers and families often have concerns for their children that are grounded in the right ideals of wanting children to be safe, capable, successful.
Yet, we often don't realize that we equally must give credit to the child that they can adapt and meet the challenges or expectations of whatever [school, a sports team, a transition].
Ava reminds me that each person is THEIR OWN PERSON.
Ava has been herself HER WHOLE LIFE and never considers anything impossible.
Ava knew she could do school before her family or myself knew she could do school.
OF COURSE Ava could do school...of course.
How many NO DOUBT FEARLESS children have you met?