In this process we have discussed gender issues, play-learning balance and children's competence/ability to choose their play/learning. Many rich valuable dialogues, that at times it was tempting to go off topic and explore them more!
In the afternoon we changed the learning/play space for the preschool at The Freedom Theatre.
here are the before and after photos...
That we question why we do what we do, to think how will this arrangement of the preschool support the children's learning and play... here the focus was on bringing play and learning into all areas and not to have the separated. To allow the children more freedom to choose their activities and the opportunity to be independent in taking materials themselves. There was a focus on creating a reading and storytelling corner... to allow the educators and children to continue with the storytelling that they have learned previously on the course (Theatre/role play with Agneta Regell and stories and philosophy with Sue Lyle).
We also took things down from the walls - many things... things that told us that the teachers cared about the children and wanted the children to be happy... to be replaced in time with things the children have made, or documentation about what the children have been doing... so that the rooms shares with all visitors what the children are learning.
In the coming months I will be leading a course about documentation...
Here are some more photos of the preschool now waiting for the children...
|story telling area... with books to read and also figures for the children to recreate the stories and make their own stories up|
|an art studio area has now been brought into the room... this is completely new to the room. It will be interesting to see how this works.|
Always, always, we end up with more questions... but this is a good thing, it means we can continue to learn.
I am excited to hear how the children react.
And it was wonderful to see all the educators work together to create this learning space. The idea is that they continue to help each other in the near future, so that with their combined ideas they can offer all their children new and inspired learning spaces.