Just Let Me Play
Considerations for Preparing Kindergartners for the Inquiry-Based Indoor & Outdoor Learning Environment
September is a joyful month. Families, educators and students busily prepare for another academic year ahead. As routines fall in to place and EL-K teams get to know their learning family, we consider our program and the expectations we have for our early learners and how we as educators will encourage families to follow our learning journey along with us (e.g., after school class tours, class blog, newsletters, volunteers)
Children have the principle right to play. It comes natural to the curious child. The role of the educators are to facilitate learners and provide learners with the tools to implement and deepen their understanding into their playful day of investigations and explorations. We are co-learners among one another.
In my opinion, the beginning of the year is the essential time to model how to care for classroom materials, practice safety, and among many others, how to use the outdoors as an extension of our classroom (yes even on rainy or snowy days). This week, we brought our kinders on mini nature explorations, giving them one small look for at a time. After a few explorations, the questions began becoming evident and wonders and comments began to be documented. This is a great time to put together your first inquiry binder with dialogue, program connections, evidence of learning, photographs etc...)
"Why do leaves fall?"
"I feel happy outside"