When we are aligned with love,
the stars align with us.
A few years ago I started blogging with the intention of documenting my learning journey in our Full-Day Kindergarten classroom, mainly for the purposes of my graduate research. I never anticipated (even in my WILDEST of dreams!) that anyone might be interested in joining me for the ride... Now I realize, and am so thankful to all of the followers for turning this into the ride of a lifetime for me! Sometimes I have trouble fathoming just how far this blog has come, or even how powerful social media can be for education...
On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 I was once again reminded and completely blown away by the response to a blog post about our Art Supplies for Africa: An Open House Event. This event was an idea that I had after last year's open house exceeded my expectations of over 175 people, growing from the 50 people we had had the year before. I wanted to try this again, but with the strong intention of giving back and making a difference. At first I thought it might be nice to collect books, but then I remembered my grade partner had visited Uganda and an idea was born to collect art resources to send to the children. This time, over 500 people attended from across the province and there were educators represented from 26 different boards of education on our sign-in sheets. With everyone's generous contributions, we raised eleven boxes and two large suitcases of pencils, crayons, paint, paper, and markers to send to the Ongutoi School in Uganda. Just the sight of the mountain of art supplies that day brought tears to my eyes. It made me believe that anything is possible and that when we come together we can truly make a difference!
As a blogger, I openly share my thinking, philosophy of education, and teaching practice. When one blogs though, it is a task that is generally accomplished alone. During this event, however, I did not feel alone. I had the support and dedication of my Bond Lake Public School Early Years Team (photograph above) who helped organize the event and courageously opened up their classrooms for visitors, the York University Kindergarten AQ course that I instruct who shared their documentation assignments, my CTInquiry network who setup some invitations for learning (see below), three of my current students and one of my former students with their families, my own family members who came and showed an interest in my work, and of course all of the blog followers who spent their Saturday with us!
|Photograph captured by one of my|
Kindergarten AQ students, Trista Dutt.
Joanne Marie Babalis
If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more, and become more,
you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams
Stay tuned for my next post about the York University Kindergarten
Part 2 Course Participant's Documentation Exhibit.