Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Because They Will Only Be Little Once

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The above image is filled with so much "good" in it.  A little girl learning with a magnifying glass and a little stream of water.  Priceless.  
She is learning about gravity.  She is learning about size.  She is learning about nature.  She is learning about reflection and shadows.  She is strengthening her gross motor skills as she balances on the edge.  She is seeing the beauty of God's creation. 

She isn't hurrying to get on to the next best thing.  She isn't rushing to grow up.  She is loving the sunshine and being a little girl with no responsibilities. 

I received this comment from Kristi to the "Before You Start" blog post I shared a while back.  I appreciated so much the wisdom that I wanted to pass it along for all to read.
As an early childhood consultant, I see a lot of parents who become frustrated that their 2 year old doesn't know all of the letters, their 3 year old can't count to 100, their 4 year old can't read...but friends, these are not age-appropriate goals.

Just because a lot of kids can do these things doesn't mean they should.  ... Preschool kids, above all else, need to move, experience, talk, and play.  If you can incorporate letters, shapes, etc. into movement and sensory experiences, all right. But please, don't feel as though you need to start the "drill and kill" at this age.

There's a great poem, "Just Playing" that says it well. :)
Just Playing
Original Author Unknown

When I'm building in the block room,
Please don't say I'm "Just playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play,
About balance, I may be an architect someday.

When I'm getting all dressed up,
Setting the table, caring for the babies,
Don't get the idea I'm "Just Playing."
I may be a mother or a father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint,
Or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay,
Please don't let me hear you say, "He is Just Playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I just might be a teacher someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some "playing" at my school,
Please don't feel the time is wasted in "play."
For you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
I may be in business someday.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods,
Please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "Just Play."
I'm learning to follow directions and see the differences.
I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse, or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I've done at school today,
And I say, "I just played."
Please don't misunderstand me.
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.
I'm preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I am a child and my work is play.


And this is the essence of the ABC Jesus Loves Me Preschool Curriculum"Bible-based Preschool Curriculum through Play."  Yes, the curricula contain worksheets, writing, drawing, and other structured activities but all of these activities incorporate learning through play.  So much so that little ones don't even realize that they are learning!

I will admit that it takes a little more structure and effort on the part of a momma to pull teachable moments from every day activities but as Kristi has shared, at this age, learning should come through play.  Because, she will only be a little girl once.  

 

2 comments :

  1. that's a great poem! thanks for sharing! I think I will pass it on as well!! :)

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