“The soul is healed by being with children.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Dear Friends of LEAPS,
It’s our children that lead the way. They are deep, reflective thinkers. They say what’s on their minds. They take action. While we’re waiting to kick off our programs later this fall, I’m re-reading their feedback from last year. Have a read.
“Art is important for kids because kids need to use their minds to create stuff from their imaginations.” ~age 7 “I can make my art look even better and make good ideas.” ~age 7 “Art makes kids smarter.” ~age 7 “I learned that I have to listen and compromise.” ~age 8 “My partner taught me to come up with good ideas.” ~ age 8
“Kids can express their feelings through art.” ~age 9 “We can make any kind of art and ignore judging.” ~age 9 “Art helps kids let out their creativity in a beautiful way.” ~age 9 “Kids need to look at reality.” ~age 9
This week we installed the art that Rockland’s fifth graders created before COVID, when schools closed down. We want to make sure our young artists, their families, and community members get to see it on display.
Fifth Graders and First Graders Worked in Tandem
Here’s what we notice as we take a close look at their prints. Kids see the greater whole as more than the sum of its parts. They are intentional about getting the big picture and consider the way each piece relates to the others.
Young people have the wherewithal to deal with complexity. Most adults expect just the opposite from kids. Over the years, the challenges we’ve posed in LEAPS have grown more advanced, more intricate. Our children do not buckle. They ask questions. They request help. They move through the quagmire and acknowledge what they’ve accomplished, having pushed hard to get there.
Children have so much to teach us if we take a moment to pay attention.
Let’s listen to them as schools get ready to open.
Nancy Harris Frohlich, for the LEAPS’ Team
September 2, 2020