This morning I got to help make cookies in Eleanor's classroom. They kids used cut out cookies shaped like Missouri to learn the geography of the state. I loved it! Not only was it an opportunity to spend some time with Eleanor but it was a reminder of what an awecome school system my kids are a part of. I am so thankful for the exceptional facilities, the outstanding staff and the abundance of materials.
This is Eleanor's chair. Yep, it's a stool. A stool that moves around, sort of like something you'd see on a playground. The school realizes that kids weren't made to sit still. So they not only let them move they encourage movement. This not only decreases behavior issues but it increases learning.
I dream that some day every single child in our city will have their very own classroom like Eleanor's. Full of movement, and hands on learning, with enough books and paper and love for everyone, fun of qualified, dedicated staff and a sense of safety. Oh, how I wish I knew how to make my dream a reality. I don't have a clue. I'll keep dreaming though.