When Children Uncover the Learning

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Here is another wonderful blogpost from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

There is a teacher term, ‘Emergent Curriculum’, which simply means that a teacher pays attention and follows the interests of children in order for real learning to happen.  It means stopping to listen to what children have to say, and answering their questions. When the questions become abundant or when a child discovers something, then it is time to change horses.  Climb off that teacher saddle and find a new one, because the children are now driving the horse.

That’s exactly what happened this week.

We walked up to the big hill to sing songs.  It was a long walk to get to the top of the hill.  Suddenly, children saw hundreds of dandelions, the bright yellow flowers, and also the dandelions in seed.  We picked flowers!

Music could wait.

Children blew dandelion seeds over and over again.  Big breath in, and blow hard!  This is not easy to do…

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