Gabriel running

Dear Gabriel, today we took pictures together! You ran the whole circuit of the playground and I took a photo of you as you ran back towards me under the monkey bars. Around and around and around you went, and each time your smile was bigger and your movements more exuberant, and it was the highlight of my day.

You reminded me of how easy it is to forget that it was only a few months or so ago that you found being upright still a bit of a new adventure. Now you  are  mastering full speed running and your pleasure and your delight and your wholehearted participation were just such a gift for me.

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Determination and exploration

Focus ,determination, and a delightful sense of humour.

Today I had the privilege of spending time observing Grace setting about learning as many things as she could about her world in the Kina room. First of all, she explored the climbing rope ramp and what a delight to watch her. I was full of appreciation of how motivated and determined she was to master skill after skill after skill, whether it was fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language, relationships, or even the nature of humour! And not only this, but all these things came in such a complex and unpredictable package rather than in an organised tidy linear fashion!

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Welcome to the Kina Room aka Kurdistan!

Lachlan, this was the first day I met you and I was struck in the morning by how you
solemnly watched everything. Your eyes were wide open and watching, watching, watching.
When I checked with Mandy, I learned that you have been in the Kina room for only a short
time. In the afternoon I decided to take some time observing you as you explored this new
environment and the resources and people in it, and I was struck by the fact that it is
probably very hard for us adults to really appreciate how it might actually be for you. (more…)