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Why we teach!

Yesterday was one of those days that makes you remember why you teach little children. It was also a day for the lesson plans to be set aside. The children were in charge of their play today and boy did they get creative. It started with a new piece of climbing equipment and went from there.

Our classroom became the firehouse and the children were firefighters and rescue personnel. We, the teachers , were the poor victims in need of rescue. Art smocks became fire coats and backpacks became air tanks. They used pool noodles as fire hoses and rest mats as their bunks.  They even took the play into the housekeeping area to serve meals for the firefighters.

It is so much fun to watch children use their imaginations and create their own play setting. As teachers we sometimes lose track of how important this type of play is to children. Their imagination needs to be encouraged as it develops so that they can grow into thinking individuals that can problem solve and think outside of the box.

So as teachers we need to look at the ordinary things we bring into the classroom and not only allow but encourage the children to look at those ordinary things in a new way and then let them take control of their play. You won’t be sorry but you will probably be amazed at what they can come up with.

Just be ready to join in the search for something just right to be whatever their little imaginations have dreamed up.


What imaginative play have your students/children come up with recently?

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