To support the transition to preschool, and ease separation anxiety, parents and children come to Hobson together on the first day of school. Children confidently explore, parents start feeling comfortable in the classroom, and teachers guide everyone through the rituals and routines of the day. These are very special days of community connection and relationship building.
It has become a tradition for children, parents and teachers to make something together on that first day. This year, we invited parents to write the hopes and dreams they have for their child’s experience at Hobson on a piece of muslin. Children used pipettes and liquid watercolor to dye the muslin. Once dry, teachers tied each piece of fabric to a cotton rope. The product was a vibrant garland that adds to the aesthetic of our entry way. Visitors have already commented on the beauty of the piece.
But for us, our community of creators, the real beauty was in the process. The quite reflection of each parent as they thought about what to write. The focus and concentration of the children as they manipulated the tools and dyed the fabric. The awe and respect felt by teachers as they read intentions and tied them to the rope, deepening their understanding of each family.
Our collective experience resulted in a visual expression of the beautiful relationships and connections that create the social fabric of our cooperative school.