Despite the fierce, wind-swept snow, sleet and rain of March, the first days of spring have quietly begun beneath the ground. Small nobs of flowering are everywhere – and in and around trees and bushes, you can hear the first delights of running and playing children coming to life again. It is these children who so often become our guides to another realm of childhood learning – a learning based on the ever-expanding vocabulary of a child’s sensory world.
Quite recently, I saw a small child, perhaps two or three years old, putting her hand up, as if to grasp something invisible in front of her – and her mother quietly bending down to her saying, “Can you the feel the wind in your hand?” And within this momentary question was her daughter’s wordless answer, as both of her hands began swaying back and forth, collecting multiple sensations of the restless air and leaving in its wake, what wasn’t there before.
"It felt like soft inside the wind
and lots and lots of wind.
The wind is white. The wind
goes fast and slow. The wind
makes air. I see new things."
- Yangzoom, Age 8