A child can’t be more than an adult sees him. He needs at least one adult to believe in him… to invest in him, to listen to him, to teach him, to encourage him… to wipe his nose, to teach him to wash his hands, his face, brush his teeth, to buy him shoes, clothes, books, notebooks, pencils, sharpeners and erasers… to teach him to hold a pencil… to smile at him and say ‘Well done! ‘ or ‘Man, you’re so good at this! I wouldn’t have done so well on my first try!’ That’s just so he can laugh too, because he knows the ‘first’ is actually the 89th try.
After 100 hours of learning, 2100 km of going back and forth, 50 sandwiches, 200 cherry tomatoes, 100 cookies, 12 colouring sheets, 20 worksheets, a notebook, 10 pencils, a box of colored pencils, a sharpener and 4 erasers, ONE CHILD learns to sit at a table, hold a pencil and write his first letter. If we knew it involved so much, we probably would have given up on day one.