Monday, February 13th, 2012...3:01 pm
In the classrooms this week I saw…
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- our three year old children building towers and structures with blocks. Some children were building together cooperatively and some were building alone. We didn’t have to teach the children about symmetry, balance, or fractions, but they were learning the concepts just the same. Noah placed one long block horizontally on his tower, and then he placed two blocks, each half the size of the longer block, on top. Although one was a half circle and one was a triangle, the blocks balanced one another and together, they made a whole the size of the longer block. He tried to put a bigger block on top of the smaller blocks, but quickly realized that the point of the triangle wouldn’t allow him to do that.
- a child walked up to two children who were building a tall tower and said, “May I knock it down?” Wow!! This is a big step for a child this age, to control impulses and to think of the wishes and feelings of others. When the school year began this class was made up of impulsive two -year-olds. Now it is filled with three-year-olds who possess a little bit more self control and a greater understanding of others. I was equally impressed when the answer to the child’s question was “No,” and the child walked away and didn’t do something he really, really, really wanted to do. That takes empathy. That takes self control. That takes communication. All of this is growth and learning, toddler and preschool style.