Play, Magic, Math, and More

A Snapshot of Free Play Walking around during "free play" this last week I snapped the pictures above. I was intrigued by the variety of tasks and the intense focus in each place. In one room, a child was playing teacher, reviewing letter sounds with a small class of students and drawing letters on the board. In another room, children were sorting dice and pattern blocks, then creating intricate designs with each. Two of our older students crafted a "morning message" for some of our younger students, and I worked with them to edit and improve their writing. Five children were building with blocks, an exercise in negotiating and compromise as they included different visions of the final produ

Inquiring Minds

When I was in college, I did a project on science in the elementary classroom, and I asked my classmates their thoughts on the subject. Some common themes were a dislike of the subject, fear of not knowing the content, and confusion on how to get children engaged in science. I did my best to help them generate a list of touchable science projects for children, and then we worked to extend a few of those out into big projects. But my experience is that all children are budding scientists. Their brains are primed for inquiry, and our jobs as the adults in their lives aren't to just give them the answers, but to help them pursue the questions. Cheryl's PK Class "I tried blowing air and I saw sm

Sharing

One of our students brought in a beaver skull and a muskrat skull to share with the class this week. She shared the beaver first, then moved onto the muskrat. But she asked everyone to guess who the smaller skull came from. "Look really closely at the teeth. Feel them with your finger. Do they feel the same as the beaver?" I loved hearing her lead this inquiry like a seasoned environmental educator. Another student brought in a Lego creation he had been working on for weeks that involved a series of gears, and we examined his work, connecting it to our recent presentation on gears. Someone else brought in a book she had written. I love how eager all of our students are to share their discove

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