This post was written by my pal Beth Andrews, who you can find at Academic Bloom, as @blandrews on Twitter, or just send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classroom literature is typically selected based on what we (teachers) love to read and have available. Since preferences can be so personal, it’s unlikely that what we find […]
The priority is to nurture a love of learning, exploration, and problem solving by creating a flexible, content and activity–rich environment. Make a safe space where children can pursue that which sparks their interests from a selection of purposeful, multi-sensory, content-based activities. In this type of setting, poignant learning takes place as children work, explore, create, and observe.
By and large, we underestimate the learning capabilities of young students, beginning in preschool and extending through first or second grade. We tend to focus on the basics – alphabet, letters, numbers, individual words, basic shapes – in isolation, sometimes forgetting to add the richness of depth and complexity that allow students to learn on a deeper level, and provide interest for those students who already have already learned the particular skills.