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In the Moment

Posted on January 24, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on January 24, 2016

Moments. Our lives are filled with many experiences -- good and not so good -- that affect us in some way. As I go through each week, a few of these experiences make a deeper impression. At the January assembly last Thursday, several classes shared their learning, and I'm always struck by the intelligence of our young learners. An evolution of the geography unit of study is the Flat Stanley project wherein first and second graders create flat paper dolls of themselves which travel beyond Hawaiʻi to faraway places, such as Japan, China, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Australia and across the U.S. With their self images is information students write about themselves and the environment where they live. At the assembly, Mrs. Oserow's students shared about the travels of their Flat Me, some of these dolls arriving back in new clothing typical of the country, photos, video clips, foods, and books. Oh, the places they traveled! A meaningful way to learn about the relationship between geography and culture.

We marveled at the haiku poetry the fifth graders wrote on the topic, morning. Their pieces will be displayed around campus for others to enjoy.

But there was the moment soon after Ms. Revard's students had shared their dreams of what they wished the world could be like in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech when I was struck by the importance of our collective work as educators and parents. We sang, hand on hand, We Shall Overcome, the words about living in peace. Our life's work is about teaching our young children not only to imagine the possibilities, but also how to take action to transform the world in small, yet powerful ways. This was also the intent of Lori Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Emila schools in Italy after World War II, on which our early learning program is based. Ironically, realizing peace comes with strife and struggle. In the Mid-Pacific way, we are teaching our children ways to work towards peace -- how to innovate, see multiple perspectives, question, wonder, persevere, and comprise without abandoning values and ethics.

Deep in our hearts, we do believe. We shall overcome some day.

Other highlights:

Sammie : I ahve a dream.JPG

Students shared drawings of their dreams, inspired by Martin Luther Kingʻs speech.

inquiry music PS.jpgPreschoolers gather with music specialist Sarahlea Kekuna to investigate different sounds to further define their thinking about the notion of "connecting" versus "combining" ideas.

documentation.jpgThe preschool team has been hosting a series of professional learning workshops for public and private school teachers on the documentation of learning. The exercise is to examine images of an ordinary moment of learning and to determine which images best tell the main idea of the learning.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.