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AB and DH are in a shape competition where they are about to draw a triangle as fast as they can!
As they continued to collect screws and take turns using the screwdriver, I observed them as they demonstrated respect for one another and ensured everyone felt included. It is exciting to hear conversations among our youngest learners such as these ones! This “Zoo School” has a place for animals of all kinds to learn about how to be good animals and read stories.
Notice the animals in each of the photographs below when reading their descriptions.
Tinkering involves a flow state, an intense focus on a small closed world. HF and TSL begin to press different size screwdrivers into the holes where screws are (and some where the cables would plug in!
Tinkering and play are closely interlinked; a certain sense of wonder propels the curiosity at the heart of every compulsive tinkerer.
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The large blocks and small blocks (unit blocks) are both made of wood, often banging or making loud sounds when being placed together or falling from a structure. Sometimes children get hurt here, however, great learning has come from that and we have had so many conversations about how to be safe while building.
The block centre is strategically placed away from the quiet area so if children are needing a break, they are always able to get one during this time!
The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Document states that, “4 and 5 year old children can learn to resolve conflicts and make decisions collaboratively and can develop a sense of community. Being part of a book study for the book “Are You Listening” by Lisa Burman, I have been practicing to take a step back and allow myself to listen to the children as they work together to direct their own learning. HF: I think we should get those two cups that are full and dump it in the middle. We had ours on a black tray and now the cups are on this one. Please continue to follow us on twitter to witness the learning that students experience in the block centre (@KEnfelis and @jaschill81).