“The goal of the activity was to have the children think about where they had been and where they want to go by creating a timeline of their past, present, and ideal future. They started scribbling away on their pieces of paper…all but one of them. I asked why he wasn’t writing.
‘I can’t do this. It’s too hard. The past is too hard to think about. It’s too bad.’
Okay, then focus on the future. What do you want to do in the future?
What do you mean?
‘I want to get a restart on the past.’
Okay, well if you can’t go back in time, but have to go forward, what do you want to do? What do you want to see? What are your dreams?
The adage goes, ‘If you can dream it, you can achieve it.’ I never really thought about what happens if you can’t even dream it.
How do you help a child dream?” -Julia Butts, teacher at the St. Francis Center, a center that supports low-income families in Redwood City, California.