|W, 4 holding a bottle for H, 6 months.|
I have found by bringing this to the attention of children, they begin to be able to see things from another persons shoes. For many, coming into the infant room is a fun new place to play. But I have seen the preschoolers take this ability of being able to see through another's eyes and put it into play with their more advanced social interactions.
article I read from the NY Times which shares a program that has been created and set into practice to build understanding and compassion and children. It is designed for elementary aged children and works on building respect for others by learning how to see things through another's eyes. When I read this, many bells went off because this is what we do already! It is built into the nature of our interactions with each other, and it made me very excited to see the results it has brought when it is done with older children.
It is my goal in interacting with children to help them actualize their fullest potential, become contributing members of their society, while being constantly inquisitive and full of wonder. Giving the opportunity for the children to interact efficiently as possible, gives them skills that they can apply throughout life. When it is normal to have compassion, our entire school community benefits.