When we think of what goes on in the minds of 5- to 6-year-olds we tend to envision lemonade stands, candy, unicorns, running through sprinklers or whatever is hot on television at the moment. What we do not expect is that 5 to 6-year-olds are learning how to develop their moral compasses and are very pre-occupied with what is right or fair. As parents, grand-parents, aunts, uncles, when something such as a toy or treat is given to a sibling but not to them we often hear those words, “that’s not fair.”
Mrs. Corrigan’s kindergarten class in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District is exploring the concept of what is fair and just at a level that most adults feel very overwhelmed with—homelessness. According to the Statewide Homelessness study in 2017 conducted by the University of Missouri St. Louis, the total homeless population in St.