Invitations

 

Lately we have been talking a lot about invitations at Rowanberry School.  One day recently I sat down with my notebook and documented each time I heard an invitation extended from one person to another, or to a group of people.  I stopped writing after 12.  What amazed me were how many different forms an invitation can take.

“Will someone come and play with me?”

“Cora, there’s a seat open next to me!”

(In the context of imaginative play) “Sister…come back here!” 

The more I listen for invitations, the more I notice them all around me.  Today I heard an invitation from two children to a group of three other children:

“You guys have orange on your shoes so you are welcome to be on our team…the Tiger Team!”

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In another context, such as other children wanting to play but having no orange on their shoes, this could have been considered an exclusion.  But in this context, a child wanting to connect with others and finding a creative way to do it, it was understood as the genuine invitation that it was.

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What different kinds of invitations do you notice today?

Are all invitations spoken aloud?

What does it mean to be invited?