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Community is key

posted Nov 11, 2016, 2:04 PM by Julie Alonso

While Kindergarten is doing a deep dive investigation into what it means to be in a family and sharing with each other where their families are from, we are talking in library about what it means to be a part of a community.  

We talked about our Town School community-- that we are a diverse group of multi-faceted people and that it is important to get along and follow the rules of our society and school culture. 

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We also talked about how sometimes people see things from a different perspective or point of view, and that we can still work together as community members and get along.

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These lessons took place during the week of our national election.  We talked about how communities can be very local, like your neighborhood community or the San Francisco bay area community, and that we are all part of the global community, too. And we talked about how the national election represents how members of the same community-- the United States--  can agree and disagree but ultimately still get along.

As an example, I shared with the kids these words shared with our national community after the election:

President Obama: "We all want what's best for our country." 

President-elect Trump: “For those who have chosen not to support me, of which there were a few, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unite our great country.” 

Secretary Clinton: “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.... We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Some boys mentioned things they had heard about Donald Trump, specifically that he was "mean," and we revisited our conversation about how people are multi-faceted:

All people are many things-- and those things can change as a person learns and grows. We are all hopeful that our next President is as good a learner as the Town School boys of the Class of 2025!