There are times over the course of the year, but especially towards the end of the school year, when a teacher can sit back and simply watch the children’s stories unfold. Resting easy, without intervention or instruction, trusting that all the supports are in place to be able to simply listen as the children’s individual stories sing, little melodies woven into great bursts of joyous song.
This post shares some of the ways I use different methods of documenting dramatic play and how the children adopt the practice of documentation for their own use...
Humans have been using story to enliven their play for a very, very long time so this is nothing new.This is what “planned serendipity” is – we imagine and re-imagine possible story lines and collect materials that enrich them and enjoy the play that unfolds.
When you live in the Washington DC area, you get used to Weather, capital W. Good, bad, and truly, truly lovely. In the past two weeks, we have flipped from one extreme to another, warm then cold. Once they give the weather patterns names that sound like 80s rock albums, like derecho and polar vortex, you know things are going to get loopy.