The first two girls who arrived were standing around, trying to decide what to do. I mentioned that horses were in the blocks center and they immediately headed there.
They began to create a farm. Since I was working throughout the room to help make sure everything was running smoothly, the kids were pretty much on their own.
I would stop by and encourage them to talk about what was happening. I mentioned that they could use the blocks to build, too. But they were uninterested.
One child was unhappy because he didn't have any fence to build. I again reminded them that the blocks were available to use, too, so he decided to use that to create a fence.
Then the farm really began to grow. I got these pictures of the whole spread.
|Parking garage or tractor barn|
|Horse barn and corral|
I was reminded of my place as a teacher - a guide, a facilitator, and a commentator. But they are the true idea generators.