There's the story of an old lady who lived in a shoe with many children. I think if there were to be a play about it my team and I can probably score the lead on that. We are constantly on the move and problem solving throughout the day mixed with a number of incredibly positive moments watching children do amazing things and being able to share experiences with them and their families. Part of our main responsibilities at work is to teach and provide opportunities for children to develop effective social skills. This can be both exhausting and exhilarating as it seems like we are constantly advocating to have these kind of skills to be more appreciated. Society and even the children themselves tend to talk about who can be the strongest, fastest, and even the meanest as more desirable characteristics to have versus emotional intelligence and effective collaborative skills. People tend to think that preschool / daycare is basically a place where children learn to do simple academic skills as well as how to be 'nice.' However, it is definitely far more involved as we all know how important the early years are in a child's overall development. Teaching young children about emotional intelligence and problem solving skills are definitely worth every effort if one wishes to live in a more inclusive and intelligent society. This kind of society will not only need more individuals who can be academically and/or technically inclined but also who can be adequately skilled at being socially responsible for themselves, others, and the physical environment that we live in.
Vancouver and Lower Mainland (area 3)