On any given day, a child might hear something from the minds of the adults around them and wonder with curiosity what that might mean. In a part of the world so beautiful yet prone to devastating and recurring wildfires, it’s imperative we bridge the gap of meaning between the abstract and concrete for children to make sense of the immediate world around them in developmentally appropriate, respectful, and meaningful ways. This week our atelier has provided materials for the children to wonder and propose theories about fire and where it comes from. As children paint their fire stories they take control back to their lives and build agency in the process. 🧡”I can’t touch the fire because it’s hot. I’ll burn myself.” -S, 3.2 y.o.