At the end of every Little Notes class we take the opportunity to write down an observation about our class and what was experienced. Since there are so many firsts in early childhood, this is relatively easy to accomplish.
Observation is also highly important in Suzuki teacher training. We spend hours observing master teachers for each book. Not only do we learn the tips and tricks of explaining something complex, but the intricate woven relationships between parent, teacher and child.
While it is easy to think of observation as something exclusively for the young and learning, daily observation of our children can be rewarding and help us stay focused on what is truly important in our lives. No matter the age of your child, take the challenge to write down a short observation each day for a week. You may find it’s a habit you want to keep. Here are a few examples of things you can write down.
- Did you child experience something new today? Was it a positive or negative experience?
- Did you observe your child learning? How do they discover new things? Is it adult lead, child lead or a combination of both?
- How do you and your child spend time together? Is the time meaningful, part of daily routine or both? How can you make daily routine meaningful?
- Was today a particularly frustrating day? What could have eased the frustration? Is there anything that can be done to help prevent the frustration between you and your child?
- Did you child surprise you in some way today? Was it something they did or said? What did you learn about your child?
We often feel that we know our children so well, but when carefully observed, discovering new things is always possible. This type of observation helps us to keep an open mind about who these young people are developing into and keep our relationships fresh.