I also have to share a very special moment...The class is working on a book about what it's like to be in Kindergarten and this was the last page. This had me all choked up this week!! This is what I want the kids to learn above all else!
We were challenged to design something that would move "rocks" from one side of a yard to another, up a "hill". We had to work in teams to plan and create a design to solve our problem. Check out our designs! Every group created something that worked! Great teamwork, guys!!!
I recently read the book Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children's Learning by Marie Masterson and Holly Bohart. It inspired me to take a closer look at our center time and use some of the ideas I've learned in the book to up the ante, so to speak! Take a look at our work in our new centers:
Foil Boats: design a boat out of tin foil and see if it can float. Can it hold a toy policeman? Mr. Incredible? How can you make it move across our "pond" without using your hands? Have a boat race with friends.
The Office: Students decided together what type of office it would be and had to assign jobs to each other. They then worked together to make their office run like a well-oiled machine!
Construction Zone: Student had to work together to build a fort using foam pieces, plastic joints and fabric sheets. This took a lot of teamwork and communication!!
Great Artist: Students used famous paintings as inspiration for their own masterpieces. In addition, the students learned about Claude Monet and worked together to create a replica of one of his most famous paintings - his water lilies with the Japanese bridge.
Planning, communication, teamwork, revision and cooperation are evident in all centers. Sounds like hard work, right? Well, yes, but it is SERIOUS FUN!!