Often, during our Quite Time, kids come up to have a shoe tied, offer a hug, or whisper something. Our rules are simple and clear – no talking. We use lots of sign language in our room, and kids are allowed to sign to each other or even us.

Today, during our rest time, David walked up to me and began waving his arms. We always play some peaceful music that helps relax our minds and bodies. It looked like David was pretending to be a conductor. His arms moved up and down, this way and that, around and around. I had no clue what he was doing.

I glanced at Mrs. D. She didn’t know what David was doing either.

Finally, after a few minutes of watching David accompany our music, I motioned him closer.

“Whisper what your trying to tell me,” I said quietly.

He got closer, wrapped his arms around me, and whispered, “I love you.”

“Oh, I love you too buddy,” I replied.

It doesn't get much better than that.

I think he was writing the letters in the air over and over instead of signing them. We hugged and I sent him back to rest. Sometimes, our sprouts try to communicate with us and no matter how hard we try, we don’t understand their message. Today, what I needed to do was ask for clarification. Once David had permission, he told me exactly what he was trying to convey. It was a message I wouldn't want to have missed.


Crystal said...

You receive SO MANY hugs in your class!!! I teach a group of 3 and 4 year olds, and they very rarely offer me a hug, which I find so odd! Perhaps I have not created an atmosphere of love? I would love to know your secret!!!

Mr. A. said...

Crystal - It's hard to put my finger on one thing. I do think using the Responsive Classroom approach (www.responsiveclassroom.org) helps foster a community feeling of trust and love. I also think MOST kids want to hug and be affectionate, their just not sure if its allright. Usually there is ONE that leads the way (I got a hug at our summer open house) and when the rest see it's acceptable, they follow suit. I also offer hugs, I always ask, and they almost always accept. :)

SassyGinger said...

Crystal - I think one of the things that encourages a loving atmosphere is being on there level. Sit on the floor with them, color with them. And Mr. A hit it on the head - when they see its acceptable then they'll want to give hugs..and they never stop!

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

It's the best part of the job! I love to hear randomly from various kids "I love you Mrs. M...!" I live the great big bear hugs and I adore saying I love you back to my students and giving them hugs! Life is good in those moments!

ChiTown Girl said...

How sweet!

My babies are BIG huggers, just like yours. If they are within 2 feet of me, they glom on and bear hug. ALL DAY LONG! I wish I could say it's annoying, but it's really not. :)