An early childhood expert needs to master the moment. Children spend most of their waking hours with us. What do those moments look like through the children’s eyes and hearts? Do they see and experience adults too busy getting ready to be engaged? Or, do they see and experience caring adults present in mutual moments of discovery—blowing dandelion seeds; singing silly songs over and over; savoring book after book; welcoming each season by dancing to Vivaldi; baking mud pies in the sun; feeling the wind on our faces; experiencing tears, fears and laughter until our bellies hurt. Being an early childhood expert is about an investment of your presence in the moments within those hours. It is about reflecting upon your own curiosity and wanting to know what makes children tick.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.