Add a little learning to our playtime

This post is a combined linky and blogaversary celebration for Jillian over at A Mom with a Lesson Plan. I have been blessed to meet lots of wonderful bloggers and so it is always exciting when we get to celebrate someone’s accomplishment together.  If you haven’t been to Jillian’s blog – be sure to stop by today and say hello!

A Mom With A Lesson Plan

Happy One Year Anniversary Jillian and Congratulations!!

To celebrate, Jillian has chosen the theme – add a little learning to our playtime.  Below my post today is a linky to all the other bloggers who are sharing their own posts in celebration of Jillian’s blogaversary. Each post in the linky should be a fun read today so be sure to check out the linky below!

Add a little learning to our playtime…

As many of you know, I often use a chart during my circle time to introduce new concepts, promote conversation, and invite interaction with the children…

Today, during free play time, this little one decided to sit down with my chart and finish circling all the upper and lower case letters….

Sometimes, it is the unintentional that leads to intentional learning.  This little girl was holding the chart upside down on purpose. She was pretending to be the teacher as she invited her imaginary students to circle a letter. My leaving the chart on the floor was unintentional, I always leave it there, but it led to intentional learning as this little girl became the teacher for that little while…

As a teacher I can easily over think, over plan, over prepare, and over supply all in an effort to make sure my students are learning during their play time but often times it is when I get out of the way and give children the freedom to explore – the unintentional happens and a little learning is added to our playtime!

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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