Ms. Holcomb & Mrs. Childress
When our girls play their conversations are full of so much learning. They are able to apply their life experiences and also our classroom learning. As teachers, when we take the opportunity to listen and observe we are able to hear the girls to see what they are excited about while also assessing ongoing skill from the classroom.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. - Fred Rodgers
This morning a few girls were playing together with our letter tiles. Letter tiles mixed with letter bean bags quickly became a dance floor. This new discovery excited even more girls so the group started to grow. The conversation continued and the girls decided this was actually a dance studio. The girls worked together to collect materials from around the room. The discussion during the design process included talk of letters, capitalization, numbers, shapes, colors, and so much more. The girls shared what they were holding and if they were unsure they problem solved by asking a friend for their help.
When the dance floor was complete, the girls wanted to start dancing. The decided they needed chairs for their audience and the girls all got to work collecting chairs from around the room. They then realized all dancing at the same time could cause some problems. Ruthie said, "I think we need to take turns so we don't bump into each other. Maybe we could dance two friends at a time?" The girls then agreed Mrs. Holcomb could help say when the next two friends should dance so we all knew when it was the next turn. Emma Duncan said "That makes it really fair so we allll have time to have fun." The final step before the dance party could begin was deciding on a song. Some girls wanted to listen to Moanna while others were asking for Shake it off by Taylor Swift. Our math skill for the week was focusing on the concept of voting. The girls applied this skill by voting on their song choice. Shake It Off was the clear winner. After the song was selected, the party began!
After the dancing was done the girls worked together to sort and sort and sort until all of the pieces were back in their correct homes in the room.