Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Art and Science of Play

Research, and our own good sense, knows the many positive effects play has on learning, development, and engagement. As stated by Change Learning, "Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development—it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life."

Last week, as I walked through our end of day choice time I impressed with the quality of choices the K-3s are making. Take a look...

Myles and Trent knit.

Tom looks at the book he brought in and draws a map and compass rose.
Sam (6) reflects on what we have been learning about maps, draws, and labels the continents.
Jack purchases eggs from Kix's grocery/pet store.

I found a jar of marbles at our local antique shop and placed it on the windowsill here at school. We have an abundance of toilet paper tubes in our craft supply. Naturally, a research and development team formed and...

...a marble run was built.

Repairing the run after a testing.

 Another popular choice last week was pattern making.

Brett chooses to make a pattern.
A kindergarten student watches as the older boys make patterns.

Caleb's finished pattern.

“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 Rogers

Ms Hadfield