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Monday, September 15, 2008

One-Day Bloom

We have a hardy Hibiscus in our yard which bloomed for this first time this fall. It is amazingly beautiful with a dark red bloom that measures approximately 8" across. The sad part is that the blooms only last 1-2 days. As there are many blooms on our plant, we have been enjoying them for a couple of weeks. These flowers have been reminding me about just how precious time is when we are looking at our children. Because of developmental windows, we don't have the luxury of hit-and-miss support for foundational learning. We need to make the most of each minute that these little ones are soaking up knowledge. Their brains are busy building connections that will affect the rest of their lives. The anticipation in children is just as breathtaking as my beautiful Hibiscus. The difference is that when we cultivate and enrich a child's joy of learning, it will most definitely last more than 1-2 days. Imagine blooming an entire lifetime!


At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found that if you start teaching topics just a bit earlier that what would be condsidered "developmentally appropriate" (without having any expectations), and remaining consistant in the lesson being taught; children seem to grow into the knowledge you're trying to impart and are able to apply it to personalized situations more readily. This worked extremely well in the concept of the word "dangerous" for me and the 2 year old children I care for.


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