Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Let's Pretend...

Imaginative play is essentially when children are role playing and are acting out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them. They are experimenting with decision making on how to behave and are also practicing their social skills.  Children learn from experience: from what happens around them, from what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch.   To absorb those experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary play.

Mrs. Ronda put out the big dinosaurs and our tree stumps for a roaring good time last week.  The children's imaginary play took many forms...
there was dinosaur school, with the children taking turns being the teacher, 

there was dinosaur family, with the children collecting all of the same type of dinosaur to form a nuclear family 

and there was a dinosaur restaurant, where the menu included fish from the sensory tray.

Imaginary play in the classroom included phones, clipboards and pencils for note taking, and coffee/tea cups to lend authenticity ( kinda looks like my desk on Friday afternoon!).
An ongoing theme in the children's imaginary play repertoire is 'bad pirates'.  Here is a group of children striking their most fierce 'bad pirate' pose...aaargh!
We've been looking at symmetry, both through art activities and in construction.  A student is adding foam shapes to sticky contact paper, while another student uses the x shaped deflector pieces to balance his ramps.

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