The children were truly amazing. From when the first ones arrived they started an elaborate game based upon a camping trip. As others arrived they simply joined in. They reluctantly pulled themselves away for morning circle, and then rushed back to their play straight after. They were so engrossed that we had snack later than usual – I was waiting for a lull in the play, but it never came. Then, after snack they insisted on continuing their camping trip rather than playing outside. I have never seen them so involved before so I agreed. Even at the end of the morning there were protests when it was time to get ready for storytime and lunch.
Maybe others see this in their class but it is new for these children. It was so wonderful to see. They communicated well with each other and there was no conflict. Really, no conflict!
So what were they doing?
At one point I took a photo of the floor in the middle of the room. it looked like such a mess but I had seen it develop and understood that everything that was there had a purpose.
They were planning a camping trip and defining their roles in a family group. They the packed up the car with everything they needed. Apparently they had some crying babies who needed a lot of care along the way! They then acted through the entire overnight camping trip. Well, apparently I announced storytime before they were able to have breakfast! They said they would continue building their bonfire and cooking their breakfast tomorrow.
Days like this are so inspiring for me.