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Tapestry

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I have a loom in my preschool. The children are welcome to weave anytime they feel compelled to do so. Aside from being wonderful eye hand co-ordination, an exercise in dexterity and patterning practice, it is also calming. The repetitive nature of weaving calms the soul and quiets the mind. Many poignant discussions take place at the loom. "What if I don't like kindergarten? Miss Jean, I love you. What if everyone in the world was purple?"

me: What if everyone in the world was purple? Would that be a good thing? 

child: Yea, cuz purple is my favorite color!

me: But what if I couldn't recognize you?

child: You would know it's me cuz I have brown eyes like you. 

me: But they would be purple. 

child: Oh, yea.

me: Would your skin and hair be purple too?

child: Yea!

me: Then you would look just like every other child in the world. You wouldn't look like you. And I would look like every other adult in the world, not like me. 

child: Miss Jean, I just want you to look like you. I don't want you to be purple. I don't think I want to be purple either. 

me: I love you too Addy!

"We all should understand that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."

---Maya Angelou


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