Saturday, January 16, 2016
holding my plans loosely
As teachers, we often hold pretty tightly to our lesson plans. In this class, I am finding I need to hold those plans loosely.
I made play dough. I know these little hands need to grow stronger by pinching and rolling and squeezing. But my play dough was un-dyed, natural. In my eyes, that opened up the possibilities. At the end of the first week I asked the students what they enjoyed and they all said water play and play dough. Then one child said, "But could we have pink play dough next time?" It was one of those ah ha moments. Of course they wanted pink play dough. This is a class of three-year-old who girls (it just happened that only girls signed up for the mid-year start). They wear pink from head to toe. They choose the pink paint, the pink scissors, the pink paper. That afternoon I added pink dye to the play dough. I really had to stiffle a laugh when at the end of the second week, that same child requested blue play dough next.
I am also celebrating a long weekend. It has been a packed start to the month and I am looking forward to some time to read and sew and knit.
What are you celebrating this week? Linking up with Ruth today.