Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Parker kids retain their enthusiasm and humor on the soccer field - for them it's about camaraderie and heart, not about the score. They gain responsibility and joy from their Buddy relationships. Look in the fourth picture: the 2-3's were negotiating how to accomplish a challenge in Phys ed. They were able to voice several ideas and decide which one to go with - then go back to the drawing board to try a second time. They can successfully work together in groups, sharing equipment and ideas. They are respectful and accepting and excited for each other's successes.
A Parker graduate came to visit the other day - he popped right back into Language Arts class and shared his ideas about a story the class is reading. The room was filled with the give and take of ideas, sometimes conflicting and often one person's ideas changed the thinking of another, a sign of skilled persuasion and also of intellectual maturity. This student then spent an hour in the 2-3 class writing a poem with his former buddy.
Giving, passionate, lively, creative - that is a Parker kid.