Welcome back! The kids were excited to be at school which warmed my heart. They were especially excited about playing together. Especially in our building area. As I was observing I started thinking about how children learn through play. I think it goes without saying that we all value play and the small magical window of childhood, but in a society of increasing pressure for academia, I think it's important as an early childhood professional to point out that play IS how children learn academic subjects. For instance, while observing block play I saw early math skills such as sorting, classification, and measuring. I witnessed motor skills and cognitive thinking as they built higher. I saw creative expression and dramatic play with people and animals and cars. They worked their social/emotional muscles by playing together and problem solving, not to mention impulse control!
Children's brains are hard wired to learn... when given the opportunity. When encouraged to explore and think, to play and experience, and to feel joy, there is really no limit to the human experience.
Speaking of, we continue to delve into what it means to be human. Our discussions at morning meeting have become more thoughtful. While some have come around to saying they are human, others are steadfast that they are not! So, we continued to read "Where the Wild Things Are," casually noting differences between Max and the wild things. Both have faces, but Max does not have hair or horns and his nose is different, for instance.
I don't know, maybe some of us aren't ready to be human yet. Maybe we want to be a fairy or a unicorn or even a wild thing! That's not the point. We've got time. For now, I'm just enjoying the discussion and hearing their ideas of what human is.
It's wonderful to be back!