Time To Learn
Today I observed a child playing and investigating quietly by themselves. He was taking out draws of materials, touching, smelling, feeling and lining things up. He did this for an extended amount of time and moved from one drawer to the other in turn.
I was considering asking him some open ended questions in order to find out about what he was learning and how I could move this forward but I stood back and watched for even longer.
As the dynamics in the room changed with other children coming in and out, he finished his investigation and moved off to find other things to play with.
Loris Malaguzzi – an early childhood educator who founded the educational philosophy known as the Reggio Emilia Approach said this:
“ Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”