The word “success” holds a different meaning for everyone. I was just thinking about this a few weeks ago as I was going about my day at the preschool. First I observed a four year old who noticed his classmate was sad when her dad left. I could see he wanted to do something to make her feel better so he went to the shelf and found a framed picture of her family and handed it to her. I thought Wow! How much better does it get? He has learned compassion!
A short time later, a two year old approached me holding a small basketball and was gleefully saying, ” I can get it in the basket! Come on! Look!” He had learned that by trying over and over he could accomplish something which in turn made him feel proud.
Toward the end of my day I happen to be passing through the one year old room when I heard a little voice say ” Hi Jackie!” It was the first time he had ever said my name. What a great feeling! He was well on his way to learning how to talk.
These are just some of the amazing things I get to see everyday working with children. These simply small and wonderful successes that lead to bigger success as they grow and learn. THAT my friends is what it is truly all about!