The answer is, almost always, “yes.” When the question begins, “Can I …,” the response will be, “absolutely, yes.” And, when the person sitting in front of me (or, on the other end of the phone) says, “I wish DRC were able to offer …”, the reply, as long as it fits within our non-coercive, philosophy of self-directed education, will always be, “we can.”
When someone asks these questions, I know they have already begun the process. They have given the project, activity, or program a ton of thought. They are committed to their idea and are willing to try, make mistakes, fail, and try again. At this point, they are only seeking approval to continue because they need the resources, or, maybe, they simply need validation.
In saying, “yes,” I am acknowledging that we may have to work together, to explore the possibilities, to figure it out. And, I understand that by offering affirmation, I am providing the permission they feel they need before they open their own floodgates to creativity and curiosity – both of which can only lead to real and authentic learning.
We are creating a culture of ingenuity here. “Yes,” is the opening – an indication of flexibility – and an absolute gift.
Amidst all of the challenges that COVID has thrown at us, we are preparing for the coming year. As you may have seen, most of our programming will move to our outdoor spaces for as long as the weather holds. We currently have picnic tables to work on and a market tent for protection from the elements.
One of our families has offered to donate the materials and the guidance to build us a lean-to in the backyard for additional coverage. We are looking for some folks to help with the project on Saturday, August 22nd. It should only take a couple of hours. DRC will provide snacks and lunch. This project is the perfect opportunity for those kids who would like to learn how to build something. Please let us know if you can help out. Thanks!!!