It is our privilege at Little Imaginations to be a part of the early lives of your children. Our goal and mission is to help them to grow into happy, balanced, engaged learners and good citizens of the world. We strive to set examples in our daily teaching that offer kindness, grace, gratitude, justice, and fairness. As you do at home, we encourage them to find the best in themselves when faced with a challenging situation that makes them upset or angry. We urge them to find peaceful and useful solutions that will satisfy their needs and allow them to respect classmates and their teacher.
Smithsonian magazine ran an article a few years ago, entitled "Are Babies Born Good?". It explored research done to determine the reaction of babies and young toddlers to determine their response to acts of kindness and unkindness. The overall outcome was that, when these tiny people were exposed to an act of kindness by one creature and act of unkindness by another creature, they overwhelmingly favored the "good" creature. Even as young as 3 months, babies averted their eyes from a "taker" and looked toward a "giver". As a preschool employee this fascinates and encourages me. But it does not surprise me. Watching these children every day, we see incredible acts of benevolence, mercy, compassion, and bravery. They will be patient, caring, and thoughtful in ways that show emotional maturity far beyond their social and academic development.
This may be attributed in part to what the researchers saw as a natural tendency to prefer goodness. However at Little Imaginations, we believe that every day is an opportunity for the adults caring for a young child to model the best qualities we can expect of each other. It is our hope that we can, as preschool educators, provide them with a loving environment where they can see acts of grace and kindness each day; and through that example they may learn to share their beautiful souls with others!
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.