What IF...children could THINK of an idea then try it out with whatever materials they chose?
What IF... children could INVENT anything they wanted with whatever materials they chose?
|Mix mix mix all the colors on the palette...creating just the color she wants, needs, wants, needs.|
What IF...teachers loved teaching BECAUSE the children invented and thought and created in their own ways?
Make it happen.
Be that teacher.The joy is endless. The joy is endless. The joy is endless.
|Bugs, bears, GEO boards upside-down, dominoes, 1-10 blocks, pattern rods designed exactly just so by 2 children.|
|KAPLA wood blocks in star shapes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and working on #9...|
|Bears, red and yellow counters, rods, and geometric shaped pieces to work together to cover this flannel board!|
|Using a ruler and black pen to make lines over a large water colored art piece.|
|Magna tiles, cardboard tunnels, cube blocks, cones and one traffic orange-white striped cone on top!|
THINK ABOUT the amazing creations that would not have been created if children needed (needed?) to do things like adults expect traditionally?
What kind of learning environment is that?
What kind of day is that for the child AND the teacher?
I have always wanted to have a joyful, surprising, wonderful day at school...just like children want.
Be that teacher.
Make it happen for the children and for yourself.
|This block structure is NO ACCIDENT - different sized rectangles and slanted ramp blocks to exactly create this.|
|Magnet balls inside of shells lined up in a lovely curvy line with one closed at the end.|
|Hat created with tape and specially cut papers, then curved and attached just so, with bits flaring out the side.|
|Using their marble ramp design skills to use variety of recycled wood balls to roll simultaneously.|
"There is a big difference between
having many choices
and making a choice."
Skills in CHOICE MAKING:
- sense of self as meaning maker
- small motor
- hand-eye coordination
- opinions and knowledge about colors, sizes, quantities (qualities & attributes)
- design ideas
- self help skills
- problem solving
- determining what I do need or want vs. what I don't need or want
- surprise and joy in the exploration