Our Parent-Information Evening was held at the ELC on the evening of Tuesday April 15. The evening was devoted to the sharing of the process of our learning on the Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves, with the culmination of our learning in the form of our Assembly held last Friday. Whilst we very much value our Assembly – the product, we equally place value on the process of working towards our Assembly, which is often not visible in the same way, and we very much wished to share this journey of learning with the parents.
We began the evening by revisiting the meaning of ‘to listen’ through the demonstration of writing the Chinese character for this word. Each stroke signifies elements of listening, such as the ear, the eye, the heart. But when the character is completed as a whole, we like to take the interpretation that though there may be ten eyes (different perspectives), we listen with our ears and eyes to come to one consensus. This is exactly the process the children took to work towards their show. The children listened to each other, elaborating on each other’s different ideas, with their final story incorporating all the children’s images, feelings, and intentions.
Through our process of learning with the children in this way, we sense that all the experiences we have had together have provided each child with intense satisfaction. Our information evening helped to share this satisfaction of the children with the parents to understand and appreciate their Assembly evermore.