Golden State Warriors guard and NBA MVP Stephen Curry, in a Time magazine article, “Small Gestures Can Make All the Difference in Times of Crisis,” wrote:
“We have a unique opportunity to come together, to bridge humanity; and the future of our world depends on what you do next. Whether it’s giving blood, donating to your local food bank, checking in on your elderly neighbors or just staying home, our small gestures in times of crisis can end up being the big gestures that made the difference.”
In her popular bestseller, Really Seeing Children, Deb Curtis describes a small but powerful action early educators can take to inspire children:
"I continually use the word 'idea' and talk about its meaning with my group of 18-to-28-month-olds...
Children who are verbal have begun to use the word 'idea' in their play as well as at home. I delight when I hear a child say, 'I have an idea' and then proceed to demonstrate a new action. And the children eagerly take up the invitation to see and try out each other’s ideas. In fact, describing one child's idea to another child and inviting them into the discussion often helps dissolve conflict over a coveted toy before it erupts. It seems children are just as interested in each other’s ideas as they are in their own."
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