A Reflection: On the Image of the Child at the Wonder of Learning Exhibit
The exhibition provided us with a beautiful opportunity to reflect on our identity, revisit our values and beliefs as Early Childhood professionals. The trip challenged us to think about our views and explorations with children. The field trip left my students with a sense of wonder and excitement to see further the possibilities when working alongside young children.
Since everyone develops an image of the child through their experiences as part of a community and culture, as well as through what they have been taught both in school and at home, my work with students involves providing them with opportunities to engage in thoughtful reflection.
Some of the comments students shared:
- “We can clearly see the child’s voice, I am beginning to see the child” (student shared as she sat giggling at how the children represented movement).
- “Wow! The child is so respected in this approach” (smiling).
- “Children’s ideas and thinking is represented in their inquiries [in voice, photo, and video-so many ways” (student shared while she read about the A Gift for the Staircase).
- “Look at how carefully the educators speak to the children, it’s like they are careful not to share too much!”
- “I think it is, just beautiful!”
Professional Inquiry Question: What Is the Image of the Child?