Monthly Theme: Nurturing Change
Change can be tough. Too often, fear fills our minds with doubt and makes taking the first step toward change or growth seem more daunting than it actually is. Fear can come from many different sources, like fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, or fear of consequences.
When we start to doubt ourselves, for whatever reason, it is important to remember that the value of our effort lies within the effort itself, not in the outcome. Every person’s voice and perspective matters. Your contribution is valuable and the smallest action you take, with courage and compassion, can initiate change and encourage others to join in.
Some of the change we need to see as a community hinges upon creative minds being able to share their contributions. It might look like creating more green spaces for plants and flowers to grow. Change can also look like creating conditions for members of our community to feel welcomed, respected, and valued for their contributions. When we put people, communities, or groups into boxes, we limit their capacity to show up fully, authentically, and share their unique sparks. Sometimes we do this without being aware of it; this is called unconscious bias.
Unconscious bias refers to the stereotypes or beliefs we hold that affect our thoughts and our actions. We all have bias, and by acknowledging the stereotypes you have and taking time to listen and learn from people with different perspectives and lived experiences than your own, you can begin to actively dismantle and unlearn harmful stereotypes and beliefs.
Food for thought: How can we, as a community, create the conditions for people’s sparks to be acknowledged and ignited?
Listen to a couple local examples of change led by children in our community:
Join Teacher Cheryl and Teacher Shannon for a spring-themed story and activity!
Follow along with Teacher Shannon as she reads And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, a story about a young boy and his dog who decide to plant a garden after a long, snow-filled winter.
Then, join Teacher Cheryl for an imaginative activity about the potential every seed holds. Start by scavenging for a seed or imagining your very own, then ask yourself, “What is my seed going to grow into?” Imagine what you want to grow and draw it into reality!