Once a week I go over to Butterfly House but it’s usually during teaching time so I don’t get a chance to interact much with the children or the teachers. Last Friday I started my day off at the Caterpillar Club where in one part of the toddler area children were doing an activity meant to develop their fine motor skills. The children were laughing and enjoying the activity while their teacher talked to them about what they were doing, teaching them about shapes, colors and other things.
Meanwhile over in the Butterfly House older children were slowly arriving and greeting their teachers and fellow students. All the children were engaged in a variety of activities from looking at books to rolling out modeling clay and creating creatures out of special kind of modeling sand. Again, each activity was both developmentally and age appropriate.
Some of the children know who I am and greet me with a smile, even if they can’t remember my name. While others who don’t recognize me are very quick to ask me who I am and why I am there. Sometimes adults would very much like to ask such fundamental questions but don’t for fear of seeming rude or inhospitable. What fundamental questions are you not asking? What member of the community do you recognize but don’t know by name and what questions can you ask as a means of building a connection and a possible relationship?
Kathryn Glover, M.P.A. Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness and Secretary of the Corporation