Gone fishin'

You know what I like about being around kids? Their sense of adventure and appreciation for the smaller things. I often talk about open-ended play, and the benefits of play-based learning.

I think sometimes when people are observing us...if they don't get what I do, they feel uncomfortable in our group. When Iman first started with me, I had to constantly remind her to "back off...let the kids play". 

The truth is some kids don't know how to just play - they need guidance. That's okay. The problem is kids need to be encouraged to explore the parameters of "play" even if they need to be pushed just a bit...
Another issue is that hovering parents and caregivers don't help in the matter. IF we leave them alone (not for hours on end), I mean if we give them time to explore they will come up with some amazing stuff.

I must say - my bunch is pretty cool, because they just do what they do...I live watching them.
Last week I got out the hose, filled up their little basin...put down the fishing rod, and some fishes.

This is what they came up with...
The kids did not communicate beforehand, but somehow,, they were all on the same page. They went fishing, and naturally, they would grill their fish after - AND share the fish too - how about that?! Amazing!
What these photos DO NOT show is the level of communication,, cooperation and innovation that these young children displayed. We (Iman and I) witnessed leadership, and laughter - and the older ones were also very patient with the little ones. As I said, I have an amazing bunch.

I believe that children who are provided with a stimulating environment in which they are allowed to learn, they will learn at their pace, and they will master every skill (when they are ready).

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