Education is a Science of Relationships
Parents and educators often put a child on the path of a single interest (sports, music, or science, for example), based on the child’s environment or on cultural trends. But a true education lets children encounter—and develop vital relationships with—people, ideas, and things.
When a child forms relationships, he develops wide and vital interests and joy in living. His life will be dutiful and serviceable when he understands the laws that govern each relationship. He learns, for example, the laws of work and the joys of work when he grasps that no relation with a person or a thing can be maintained without effort.
--Ambleside Schools International
Our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders are learning that getting along with others takes hard work! It is beautiful to hear them processing their desire to tell the truth, be a good friend, practice deference, and believe the best about one another. They are working on resolving conflicts in a peaceful way and forgiving one another. What a joy to be involved in this important part of their education.
We are encouraging the 1st and 2nd graders to pay attention to the ways these things are happening in their classroom. Here is an example!