Just a quick post in regards to what can happen when we take time to notice a smile and say hello! Connecting through a conversation can be enriched and an opportunity can arise!
This morning I noticed a child getting his shoes on. I said hello and waited to see if he needed help. Falling out of his backpack was a bag filled with treasures and one caught my eye. It was a flag of South Korea. I made a connection with this right away and asked him if he would show me what else he had in his bag and where the flag was from. I discovered this child goes to a Korean school and his family is from South Korea.
So….. I shared with him that my class has connected with a Kindergarten class in South Korea! He smiled and I invited him to come to my classroom to share his treasures. He did! It was wonderful to see how willing and excited this child was to share his story and experience with us. My students were so excited and very eager to share our Padlet of what we are learning about our Kindergarten friends in South Korea. He shared a couple of books with us and we made connections and shared what we noticed about the the text. Then 1 of my students noticed that we also have a book like his! We made a text to text connection! Again, another opportunity to mention in an authentic way a comprehension strategy that we are learning about through a child’s willingness to share.
I believe and value making connections because through our connections we have opportunities to share our story, enrich someone’s experience and enhance our understanding through another perspective. So today I am grateful and so glad that I took time to say hello and connect. We all have opportunities to connect and share our story. All you have to do is say hello!