As Mrs. Cindy and I were setting up the classroom this week, someone stopped by to ask a question. She is not one of our parents and usually doesn't come by our classroom.
She looked around from the doorway and asked, "What age group do you teach?"
"Kindergarten," we said.
"What are you doing in here with them?" she continued.
Cindy and I listed some of the things we had planned...
Making flowers (or other things) with play dough...playing with the dishes...using the magnet board with magnet shapes and story figures...
Working puzzles and playing a matching game...drawing a garden on a large piece of paper...making mosaics of the letter J...
"Wow, you are really keeping them busy," she said. We smiled and nodded. She left.
Yes, we're keeping them busy. Busy using their minds and investigating their ideas.
Helping them explore concepts - ones we are thinking about and they are thinking about.
Because they are going to do that anyway. Whether I plan it or not. It's just easier (on me) if I have stuff planned for them to investigate.