Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Like a spider that spins a strong, interconnected web, we (and our children) learn about ourselves and the world through a mindful, integrated education of the senses. Observation gets us to think, analyze, compare, contrast, synthesize, evaluate, sympathize, and see things for not only what they are, but from a variety of perspectives about what they could be. This idea is grounded in a cyclical process that involves observing, imagining, creating, playing, sharing, reflecting, and taking action before again returning to observing.
The key is finding a balance that empowers us to observe and interact using pattern-based, systems thinking. By taking the time to use our senses, process information, and interact, our children are empowered to take thoughtful action. What information is gathered and how it is understood is filtered through our personal (and community) beliefs and values. This is a personal process that is not exclusive of subjectivity and that diversity in perspective is valuable, as long as we recognize that it exists.
Inspire children to immerse themselves in the world around them, skillfully develop the ability to engage all the senses, thoughtfully explore, create with an attitude of playfulness, share what they are learning, and reflect on their understandings. Children deserve our trust and should be given the freedom and support to learn to think carefully about how to use what they know to make responsible decisions and solve problems based on their holistic perspective and understanding that is first and foremost cultivated through observation and (mindful) interaction.
Learn more about the principle Observe and Interact.