Give it time: Creating a classroom environment that encourages extended experiments with common materials
Presenter: Catherine Loomis, University of Oregon
Catherine’s presentation was primarily a listing of different activities they do at her center in the Pre-K room. Many of these activities extend over several days and require special equipment, outdoor equipment, and bars to hang things from, as well as a lot of space. She emphasized allowing the children to take the activity in the direction they want and to give them as much space and as many materials as they think they need.
We already set things up in a similar fashion at our school but it was nice to see others using the same philosophy towards children’s explorations. I wrote down many ideas to pass along to other teachers and to use in my own classroom.