Thank you for hosting, Kacey. I find myself thinking of my favorite five all week long.
This time of year, I always have my dandelion activities ready to go for the perfect moment. It really isn't something you can plan down to the day- you just have to do it! I love spur the moment fun with the kids. They remember that, too. We had a great time. We read books, wrote about our dandelion wishes, did a little dandelion math, and decided that dandelions are actually quite pretty flowers. So it was a successful day. I posted about it HERE.
My number 5 is a
huge bit of a rant. I feel like it is partly on behalf of Friedrich Froebel, because he would be so sad to see what has become of his idea of a "child's garden." Kindergarten was to be based around playing, singing, practical activities, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school.
I don't see how anyone can be surprised. People wonder why there is such an increase in needs for OT and PT, and drugs for ADD and ADHD. How can we wonder this? Which one of us could sit do anything for a solid hour everyday at our age now without a break? Of course children get active and distracted.
How sad that good teachers know what they need to do, so they shut the door and do what is right for children by giving them time to be children, like it's wrong or frivolous. Luckily, my Principal knows and appreciates the whole child, encourages brain breaks, and realizes the benefit of movement and experiences for children. Many of these children aren't getting experiences at home with exploration and play like they used to, either.
I honestly feel like we are on this path of "flipped classrooms"even for young children, where children will be learning on iPads or whatever devices they have at home, and school will have to be where they learn to socialize, be healthy, exercise, be polite, practice manners, and have hands-on opportunities for learning. One reason cited for so many OT referrals is the overload of technology at such a young age. Some children don't know how to climb jungle gyms, jump rope, or play tag.
Technology is amazing. It is a valuable tool for teaching. But it's only one part.
Thanks for listening.
Have a beautiful weekend!