Once upon a time, play was King (or Queen) of kindergarten. A child's first experience in school was all about social development, learning to interact as a community member, and developmental play. Teachers set up wonderful play experiences for children and sought out every teachable moment they could.
Gone are the days when play ruled in kindergarten. Standards, workbooks, accountability, and district mandated testing are the buzz words you'll hear. But, every single kindergarten teacher you talk to will affirm that there is a place for rigor in the classroom and there is a place for PLAY.
Today, I'm sharing a few pictures from our center time. It's the time of the day where we just play. Yes, there is learning involved in these centers. I promise to dissect them one by one and explain what is happening in later posts. Today, just enjoy getting a glimpse into play in our class.
If you are interested in reading more about the importance of play in early childhood, I have a great book to suggest. A Child's Work by Vivian Gussin Paley, is a wonderful book about the importance of fantasy play. She has several other wonderful books on the topic.
Thanks for taking the time to read this... now go out and PLAY! :)