Sunday, 7 August 2016

Professional Development of the Third Teacher. 2

So  week has gone by…

Not so much to report really… as there have not been many children during the week to put things to the test… but the response of those that have been there has been very positive… the play has been rich and the materials have all been used in a wide variety of ways… we have noticed that the stories/books that have been read really influence how the children use the loose parts…


The red room… above… has had the addition of hama beads to the sensory table… and they have been popular… the children have created patterns, spent time feeling them and listening to them… also sorting them…

The use of lots of natural materials does mean that there is more "dirt" on the floor and table tops, but it is nothing too much to wipe/sweep clean at the end of the day…

I have found the children playing shops, playing kitchen with the loose parts… what would have traditionally been called the construction area… but by only having loose parts everywhere we have opened up the potential for all kinds of play to happen everywhere in the preschool… it is no longer one area for one kind of play and another area for other kinds of play…

This feels much more inclusive.

In the yellow room there has been the addition of boards on the wall for children to put their own art work… and also space for us to pin up inspiration.
The art shelf… this being mostly for drawing and writing… represents a little of a problem… it gets disorganised fast… so we might have to rethink this… do we want it beautiful all the time? What is beautiful… Is organised to me the same kind of organised for another? How can we make this art/writing shelf communicate with the children to make it accessible for all and easy for them to find the material/tools they need… or to inspire them to try something new…

There is the art studio with much more materials… so this is not a space for LOTS of things…
It will be something to think of during the month…

If this is the first post you are reading in the series, and you don't understand what I mean by red room and yellow room then I recommend that you read the first post in this series


Now I am in Toronto, Canada… and I won't get the chance to document the third teacher for the next two weeks… so I will be back with more when I get back to Sweden…

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