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Adventures in Problem-Solving & Participation!
Adventures in Problem-Solving & Participation!

 Issue 14 

"When everyone’s ideas come together, collaboration tries to work its way through the cracks to make something new." —McCune, Age 10
COLORS OF COLLABORATION
Collaboration is a special kind of teamwork that invites vulnerability, creativity, learning, and surprise.
It allows us to do and think and ask and create things we never could have done on our own. But also, it allows us to experience what it feels like to matter.
This week, as distance learning forges ahead and the fall foliage begins to unfold, explore the many colors of collaboration through cooking, art, storytelling, music, and more!
COLLABORATE TO CREATE
@HOME EXPERIENCE
PARTNERS IN PROBLEM-SOLVING
Now Entering a Collaboration Zone! What would it look like to create a Culture of Collaboration at home?
Which of your routines, structures or rituals could benefit from collaboration? Explore how the pandemic invites families to try new ways of being together—in every room!
KITCHENTeamwork is always on the menu in the tastiest place to learn in the house! 
LIVING ROOM OR HALLWAY: Paint a "Living" Mural together that grows over time.
BEDROOM: Raid the closet to problem-solve through dress-up and role-play!
BACKYARD: "Band together" to create a symphony accented by outdoor sounds.
CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS
"People can learn how to connect from other people who are trying to figure out how to do it." —Vivienne, Age 7
TEAMWORK-FILLED TITLES
The following picture books are the very picture of collaboration! Exploring the value of working together to achieve something greater:
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. William
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
Harlem Grown by Tony Hillery
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
PICTURE PAGES
SEEKING CONNECTIONS
Consider the last time you tried sharing an idea with someone and they said, "Yeah, but..." and listed the reasons why it wouldn't work.
What if, instead, the response was: "Yes! And..." What if they tried to connect your suggestion to their ideas?
What if you kept saying, "Yes, and..." until you found an agreement?
Sometimes, finding a connection just takes a shift in mindset. We can all say "yes" more often without needing it to mean, "You're right."
We can say "yes" to others—our children included—in ways that don't require us to relinquish our own values, beliefs, or concerns.
That shift—which takes courage and a willingness to be vulnerable—opens the door to collaboration!
CELEBRATE CULTURE
This Monday, Oct. 12, sing, sway, and dance your way through Indigenous Peoples' Day:
Revisit Building Bridges Family Music Festival performers Painted Sky Northstar (above) and Black River Singers.
Songs for Kids: A musical video with an ASL Sign Language lesson included.
Celebrating Indigenous Languages: Recorded greetings from Indigenous speakers. 
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