As we approach the end of our year it has been wonderful to witness not only what the children of J&C are learning but the shift in how that learning is taking place. It is the how that helps us as teachers provide a bridge to the thinking skills that are needed for each of the little learners in our class.
Our current unit of inquiry and dramatic centers have supported growth in developing those areas where children are able to use their thinking skills. The routines of how we ask questions, wondering out loud, planning and reflecting have become an integral part of our class room culture, allowing each little person to see and feel how we uncover information and group knowledge.
This is evident at our hospital center where through group play and sharing the space children have collectively created their vision of what happens in a hospital.
Each individual has taken their part in a dialogue of what is acceptable in their role play hospital as well as being exposed to the idea that others have different perspectives. Defending those thoughts and actions is also part of play and life, as is the wonder of learning from friends.
The shift in how to use our ‘Thinking hats’ has also extended to children becoming interested in new ways of discovering more information, via library, the internet and discussion. We feel sure that with ‘thinking’ practice this will continue as foundation for their higher level thinking now and in the future.
If you are interested and would like more information on what thinking into action looks like in the very young please click on the link below.