Monday, August 15, 2011

Sorting with the New Kids

Getting a new crop of kids is exciting...and a little frustrating. You get a group of kids that you don't really know and need to understand. One of the best ways to get to know them is by watching their play.

This week we had the sorting animals out again. I enjoyed watching their play and discovering more about them.

They can work together for a goal - I need to plan activities that provide cooperative work.

"Look, we sorted them!"

They respond well to suggestion - I need to make sure I don't impose my own ideas too quickly.

"You could sort them a different way."
"I know, put all the sheep here."

They are imaginative - I can ask questions and encourage them to tell me stories.

"The animals are going into a spaceship."

I'm still getting a handle on these kids. But I have observed that most like to play with other kids - and like to imagine and create different scenarios. This could be a really fun class.


  1. "I need to plan activities that provide cooperative work." ... clearly you already did Scott, right here!
    Happy new school year to you.
    Donna :) :)

  2. 1 week and 1 day with my "new kids" so far. It is a challenge to get to know them. I can't wait for the whirlwind of the first few days passes and I can get to see some "real" play. It's going on, but so far, there has been one urgent need after the other and I'm missing the best parts! We're slowly getting settled in, and I think it's going to be fun to watch my new group explore and discover as we go along. Happy New School Year, Scott! :)