There are few things I enjoy more than rearranging my classroom furniture and centres/invitations. It makes things feel fresh and exciting. Plus I love watching my students react to new materials I have set out.
Check out my new setup!
We are also EXTREMELY lucky to be getting an abundance of new equipment, toys, and furniture for our outdoor playground that you can see right out of the classroom window. I will post pictures and an update once all of it is installed. We at HBCS Pre-K are sure spoiled and blessed with all of the amazing learning materials we have at our fingertips.
This week, I was reminded just how important play is to children beyond Pre-K and K age. My grade 6 social studies class went on a scavenger hunt this week, and one of the stations was in my classroom. I was surprised to find some of them playing in the water bead sensory table while I was circulating. The students made remarks such as, “this classroom is so fun!” and “can we come in here more often?” It was enthralling to see 11 and 12 year olds engaging in the rich sensory experiences that we are required to provide for our youngest learners. This discovery solidified my belief in the power and importance of play, and the incorporation of hands-on and explorative tasks in the older grades’ curricula. It definitely sparked my motivation to include engaging and “fun” tasks with my prep classes I teach in the afternoon. Perhaps we will even have to invite the grade 6 students in during our free play time soon…