Love, by Electra (grade 3, portugal)

Love

Love is my family

Love is a smile

Love is everything

Love is the warm sun

Love is my friends and teachers

Love is the people in Africa

Love is in my heart

Love is the best thing in the world

Love is the colors of rainbow.


What is Love?

“Love is to be loving.” by: Hlulo, age 4, Jamela Preschool, Makuleke Village, South Africa

This masterpiece is Hlulo’s very first painting.  We are honored to bring educational resources to the children in Makuleke.


sweet ayliana

As the library at Polo Grounds Community Center in Harlem unfolds, I am realizing more and more how creating a library is not only creating a culture of reading, but it is also creating a culture of love, trust and deep support.  Each day, I enlist the help of the children of the community.  They come in small groups, or on their own, and help me sort through new books, group them into sets, label them and set them on the shelves of their emerging community library.  They own the process of creating their own reading environment, they respect it, they love it.  All the while, while labeling and sorting, the children share their lives with me and I treasure this time so greatly – the thoughts and insights of children – what could be more wise or pure?  Ayliana, my sweet friend pictured below, stayed with me for an hour and a half yesterday, diligently working, happily sharing, sitting with me, side by side.  As we worked, we shared our dreams with one another.  We talked about things that make us happy, things that inspire us, our hopes and sometimes our fears.  I learned she is a fabulous dancer, she loves her family, she is an amazing artist, she prefers love to shouting.  We became great friends in the ninety minutes we spent together and realized how many things we have in common.  Regardless of age, our dreams and interests are the same.  Not only did Ayliana help to prepare her own community library, she also helped remind me once more the importance of listening to a child, of being a friend.

The exciting work unfolding at the Polo Grounds is a collaboration with the amazing organization, LitWorld: www.litworld.org


Gratitude

We are so thankful to the children of the Makuleke Community.  Such kind, loving and wise children – they constantly remind us what is means to give thanks for the little (or lot) that one has.  They are our teachers.


What is Love?

“Love is playing with my friends.” We are connecting preschool children from Makuleke Village with preschool children from NYC through art and literacy exchanges. Children from opposite corners of the globe make paintings and share thoughts on love, which we will combine together to create one book.


Finding Friendship Around the World: to Vukona, from Victoria; to Makuleke, South Africa from New York

“Dear Vukona, I read your letter and saw you were born in 2002. I was born in 2002, too! When I read that it made me really happy, my heart started beating fast.”


Polo Grounds Community Library, Harlem, NY

Sharing to Learn has been collaborating with the wonderful NY-based non-profit organization, LitWorld, to establish a community library at the Polo Grounds Community Center in Harlem, New York.  As I was busy sorting through their current collection of books, five year old Rafael proudly held up his favorite book, the Clifford story that I read to him just a few days prior.  “My favorite story is the Clifford story with leaves,” he said.  A bit later, as I was busy organizing books in the back of the room, he crept up to me and sweetly said, “I love all the books you have in here.  Its like my dream coming alive.  This is like a library dream coming to life.”