Listening to NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ on my daily walk this morning, I heard a report about homelessness and children. The reporter informed listeners that children under the age of five years old make up about fifty percent of the population of homeless children. These children, said the reporter, are often invisible, and then explained: These children are seemingly invisible because homelessness is not restricted to those leaving on the streets and in open spaces. Homelessness includes families who have taken up residence with relatives, and frequently move from the home of one relative to another when the family can no longer be accommodated, as well as families living in shelters and transitional housing. The segment included interviews with several persons who work with these children, including preschool teachers. One teacher commented that she no longer has ‘Share Day’ because some of the children have no toys to share. Why eliminate ‘Share Day’? Instead, re-engineer ‘Share Day’ and create an opportunity for any child who wishes to participate by allowing the child to share a thought, idea, dream, or something about her-/himself, such as a favorite (least favorite) color, food, day of the week, season of the year, thing to do, etc. This ‘Share Day’ may provide wonderful insight for the teacher, and may even inspire future lessons.
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