Who is really teaching preschool?

Today, I happened by this class to see what was up and while there, I discovered the real teacher hard at work play.

This young teacher (a Pre-K student) was holding a set of cards that had been made for the transportation activity box. Each card had a different color of car on the front along with another set of cards with color words on them…

The “teacher” held up each color word card and asked her very attentive “student” to say the name of the color word on the card then spell the color word out loud…

The “teacher” and her “student” went through each card until every color word had been read aloud and spelled aloud…

After each color word was spelled out loud the “teacher” would then announce – okay let’s sing it! Both the “teacher” and the “student” would then break out and sing a little tune…




And then move on to the next color word…

Normally, I would say that perhaps this approach to teaching is a bit outdated or perhaps not developmentally appropriate and suggest an approach that is more play based or process oriented…

But who am I to interfere when the real professionals are at work play?

Cards and color words are from PreKinders!

By |2011-05-25T07:00:58+00:00May 25th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott May 25, 2011 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Someone once told me that to truly learn something, teach it to someone else. This activity seems to have become a great learning tool for two kids – learning and reinforcing in two different ways. How terrific!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Looks like you must know some pretty smart people Scott:) I agree – even I learn better when I am teaching something new.

  2. Rachel May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I love it! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you Rachel:)

  3. ayn colsh May 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    This is so cool! I love to see kids “teach”. How lucky for you that you happened into this classroom at just the right moment! Priceless! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      I wasn’t planning on staying but as I watched the kids, I decided just to sit back and see what happens. They were so cute to watch:)

  4. This really made me smile — what great learning taking place! I esp. love how they would sing about them!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      What I didn’t say was at one point, while the girls were singing the letters – the whole class started singing along. I wish I could have captured that in a photo!

  5. Laura May 26, 2011 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Thats so awesome! Its pretty similar to what I do with my daughter (2 yrs) She just developed this absolute love of letters and will spell EVERYTHING so I just go with the flow and we make games out of it like this! Its so amazing to watch children learn and grow, and to teach us and so I have started a really cool project based on my daughters love of learning and my wanting to share it with lots of parents 🙂
    Id love to hear everyone’s input! (plus you get to see a really sweet video of my life with my very comical daughter) Feel free to share! I really need all the support I can get, this is my dream 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      I will be sure to stop by Laura!

  6. Karen @ PreKinders May 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! Well, I’m glad this “teacher” was able to use the car color cards I made! So cute.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      I happen to know from a reliable source that she was glad to have them! Thanks for all you do Karen:) We love PreKinders!

  7. Jeremy May 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I love to see children teaching children. This happens a lot in our multiage classroom.

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