Invitations to Write

"Writing is making marks that have meaning." -Jennifer Hallissy      It is an exciting time when children begin writing.  Young children make marks and scribbles on paper and imitate the letter forms they see around them when they start writing.  As some children move from early childhood to childhood their interest in writing wanes… Continue reading Invitations to Write

Creative Thinking

     When many of us think about creativity we think of the arts.  I often imagine an artist painting in a studio or a musician composing music but creative thinking also exists in mathematics, science, and athletics.  Children exhibit interest in different areas and we can encourage the behaviors that lead to creative thinking… Continue reading Creative Thinking

Open-Ended Play

When children play freely they make sense of the world, they explore, experiment, and problem solve.  Mr. Rogers said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."       There are many different kinds of play children… Continue reading Open-Ended Play

Guided Learning

     This week I have been reflecting on the learning and teaching process and thinking about what it means to support children as they learn.  This post is about what guided learning means to me. I will also describe the influence educators and learning philosophies have on my beliefs about learning and teaching. Guided… Continue reading Guided Learning