Today has been an exhausting catalogue of learning – like being on an important training course but with genuine growing relationships thrown in. Much of this has been the direct fault of the Slovenians, for making us feel so welcome and being such open and willing hosts in the first place. If I were to stop to list all the things that I should praise the staff at Vrtec Najdihojca for, the blog post would be interminable. They have done everything right to make us feel as if we belong to them and they to us in a collective enterprise with the good of the children and the moral purpose of sharing pedagogical practice at its centre.
We have had every opportunity to talk with a whole range of teachers and support staff, to debate, to share what we do and why we do it. Everybody without exception has stopped to talk to us and engage with us, being willing to use whatever level of English they have, and seeking out translators when unsure.
The children, though taxed at times with the amount of sitting and performing (lovely singing, mirroring their teachers’ commitment to song last night) have wanted to engage and talk and been interested in us, even the very smallest. We have been given a chance to share the work we have been doing in the project both with adults and children.
As a group from Christ the Sower, we have commented on the extent to which our minds are overflowing with stimuli and reassessment of what we do. What we do with this level of stimulation will have to await analysis and reflection. Pictures for now…then sleep!