Friday, February 8, 2013
A Happy Heart and a Playful Spirit! :)
Okay, here's another soap box, I get on those every now and then. ;) Play in Kindergarten is how children learn! Do I teach academics, absolutely, if you go back a bit I got on a soap box about abeka phonics, math, etc... My kiddos are blending, counting, writing, reading, and more, but they are also playing. When I'm teaching they don't just sit and attend, which has it's place too, but we move and learn. We count and jump, we sing and dance, we rhyme and memorize, but we also play.
Some of my favorite times are when kiddos are in centers. I love to hear their ideas when they are working together, I love to watch as they plan out a block building project, I love to hear them "read" and discover books through pictures, and I love to see their creativity as they play and imagine. I change out the big centers each month, housekeeping, dress-up, and books, when I do that, you'd think I was the greatest decorator around. The kids get so excited to see and try out the new areas! Sometimes housekeeping is a store, it's been a restaurant, it's been a pumpkin market, a beach shack cafe, pizza parlor, bakery, etc... Dress up has been transformed into a vet, a puppet stage area, fairy tale and nursery rhyme acting stage, crazy hat dress up etc... It's such fun to think up some new and exciting things in these areas!
Each week we have a writing center, math center, art center, listening center, table toys, blocks, and science. These usually have a theme for the month. Sometimes we throw in sand or playdough. Through all of these, children are exploring and learning at their pace.