Middlies 1/2 Choosing
It's nice to be back.
In the Middlies (as with many of the other classes I’m sure) Choosing is a highlight of the week. It is through this program that children direct their own learning, they are free to follow their own interests, modify and redesign, adapt when participating in an activity with others, and let their creativity take over.
In any given session you hear from the mouths of the children, language of encouragement, cooperation, curiosity, celebration, compromise along with language found in our curriculum like measurement, estimation, innovation (just to name a few).
The play element of some options in the choosing program allow for a time of experimentation. The doctors and babies corner has sparked much delight in the beginning of this term. Snippets of conversations that escape the corner have brought a smile to Marina and I. One snippet in particular I thought I should share. The doctors were gathered around their patient, with one explaining that the caesarean was about to begin, “is everyone comfortable? Ok, I’m going to start, stay very still.” Later I heard “Now, here is your placenta, you might like to take this home to plant under a tree”.
This is a great time for the adults to take a step back. The child led learning that evolves during the choosing program cannot be under estimated, and this is why at Cottage School, choosing is held in such high regard and is cherished by us all. Hana