Snow story: Børnehuset Ellebæk (2022)
How do we say YES to each other's ideas.
How can we in the Children's Group jointly say yes to each other across the children, and how can the staff ensure openness among the children to each other, without the educator clearly guiding this openness and contact, which for some children will be unnatural in the choice of relationships.
The adults provided materials for a "hide and seek" party.
The children talked together about what and how a Gemme party could be. Their inspiration of each other opened them up to new relationships and created opportunities to collaborate with other children that they wouldn't naturally seek out.
The children initiated the process themselves and were continuously engaged in the process, and it became a fruitful collaboration. The adults were in the background observing, offering input and supporting the process.
The educator saw themselves as a 'material tree' that was simply plucked from, in a cool way.
All children were active, all were excited and in a shared flow, with great enthusiasm and sense of community, regardless of normal relationship choices.
Subsequently, the educator experienced a single boy who has been stuck as "the one who hits", and a boy who has had difficulty maintaining close relationships. He built a costume that everyone was impressed with, and he offered to help all the others to make one for each of them. We haven't had the opportunity to see this side of this particular boy before.
Beforehand, staff were unsure whether it was possible to be behind the scenes and not guide the relationships when everyone had to say YES to each other.
To everyone's surprise, the children's group was transformed into an open-minded community of children.