Academic Pursuits of the Young

This ( the effort expressed in slideshow below) is not “just play”. This is the work that young people do, if given the chance, to add to their knowledge of the world and about other people. They learn to communicate their ideas, listen to the ideas of others, and then learn to play with an assortment and variety of ways to think about things. Problem solving and critical thinking is woven into and applied to the process of creating   imaginative or replica worlds…

This is socio-cognitive development…    learning that takes place in a social context and that becomes thrillingly challenging and fabulously complicated because of the social dilemma. You need ideas and a working vocabulary to communicate them with. You learn new vocabulary and ways to express things.. and how to build your sentences as you build those big ideas together.

This is science, social studies, history, math, language arts, in the socio cognitive zone that is essentially experiential
If we learn some songs about rivers, boats , dinosaurs..we can include music in our list of integrated “subjects”.    The possibilites are endless…and far more interesting than sitting in a classroom and listening to instructions from the teacher, and then following them.

The scenes are of school enviromnments for 3-8 year olds.

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Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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