However, joy is powerful. Mindset is one of the most important factors in our daily lives. One really does have some control in their mood—a positive outlook can create positivity all around you. In fact, “Music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze claimed that joy is the most powerful of all mental stimuli.” Being joyful, or positive, will have an impact on not just our day to day life but our long-term potentials as well! In the book “What If Everybody Understood Child Development?” they discuss the impact of stress on the learning process. Sometimes it is easy to set out to be joyful but then get stuck on our internal to-do list or the next big work project. Our hope is that those working with our children will also be in a place where they can separate their “stresses” and focus on their “joys.” This will set our children up for success as well.
“What if Everybody Understood Child Development?” does highlight some sources of joy in the classroom for children. They include: “active, engaged efforts from the children; desire to master the material—to become an “expert” at something; students allowed to work at their own level and pace; finishing a task or solving a problem and the time to do so; the chance to make choices; sharing and collaborating with other students; and the opportunity to play.” W.A.C.C. is fortunate to be in a position where this list can be met almost daily in our setting. We hope to continue to provide a joyful environment not just for the children we are serving, but for the parents and community at large.