Seems Complicated. It is.

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For some time now we have been working with the children on a prolonged focus during thinking choice time. The children are encouraged to think carefully when making thinking choices. When we allow them to make their own choices, they are more likely to invest time and energy as thinkers.

The two children in this blog post have been working at the natural items area for two days now developing play with incubation periods in between the play times. Here’s the thinking process:
Monday AM

  • The children take part in a model lesson of what a plan might look like.
  • The children make a choice.
  • The children write a plan for the choice. (The plan is a projection of what might happen there.)

Monday PM

  • The children take part in a model lesson about adding to an existing plan.
  • The children review their plan from the morning choice thinking session.
  • The children add to that plan what they actually did that morning.

Tuesday AM

  • The children take part in a model lesson of what an updated plan might look like.
  • The children review their Monday PM plan.
  • The children add to their plan what today’s play might look like.

Tuesday PM

  • The children take part in a model lesson of what an updated plan might look like.
  • The children review their plan for the morning choice thinking session.
  • The children add to their plan what they actually did that morning.

Seems complicated. It is. Refer to the Malaguzzi quote in yesterday’s post. Children are up to the challenge.

Tomorrow is Wild Wilderness Wednesday. It looks like a very wet day. Please suit up your children with hooded raincoats and boots. Umbrellas can be cumbersome during hikes.
Please know that if there is lightning and/or a downpour we stay inside. We always have alternate plans.

 

 

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