We have had numerous, interesting class discussions about what it means to be part of a community and the rights and responsibilities that come along with this.
Our first discussion happened at morning gathering. I gave a example that one right that adults have in our community is they can get a driver's license.
I asked the children what were some of the responsibilities that come with driving. They came up with: driving the speed limit, stopping at stop signs and stop lights.
I asked what happened if you didn't follow the rules. Several children knew you would get a ticket. I asked what would happen if you still didn't follow the rules. No one knew. I explained that if you get too many tickets, your license is taken away. One child asked what if you keep driving anyways. I explained that you would have to go to jail. Of course, the natural next question: for how long?
This lead into a discussion of the judicial system of judges and juries.
It is amazing how much can happen in the first 15 minutes of school: a complex civics lesson!
Working together and helping others is another part of being part of a community . To this goal I elicited the children's mosaic making skills to make tiles to be sold at Eudiamonia .
The children worked in teams to make 4 small mosaics using prefabricated glass tiles. A larger group made a 12x12 tile using broken pieces of tiles. The broken tiles were made during October's theme: Ancient Civilizations.
And thus the circle of learning spins around and transforms, always creating new and wonderful ideas.