When the door opened, the children ever so quietly went to their assigned seats, and saw to their surprise a large table in the middle of their classroom covered completely in a red cloth. All eyes were on Mrs. Lorinz, as she began her story. She weaved a beautiful story about the world of nature, which surrounds us all. The children were spellbound as birds, and spiders, flowers and crystals brought inner pictures to life and enriched their imagination.
After the story was told, Mrs. Lorinz and Mrs. Anderson uncovered the big table and there it was. The world of the gnomes in the world of nature. Each child’s handmade gnome was there in this exquisite display. There were gnomes gardening, fishing in little ponds, and mining for shimmering crystals. There were gnomes hanging up their wash on miniature clothes lines and ever so many different activities so beautifully displayed.
After a little time passed during which the children just looked and took in these scenes, they were now allowed to play and admire each other’s work and the loving work of their teachers.
Watching them I became again aware of the true essence of childhood and what our deeply committed education brings to our students in the full engagement of Head, Heart and Hands.
My heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Lorinz and Mrs. Anderson for letting me share in this special moment of the 2nd grade’s school life.