I read this article recently about emergent curricula, and my mind instantly went to my group of kids who race every day to our train tracks. Don’t get me wrong; they make some incredibly intricate tracks with bridges and ramps, and some days even draw the town around the tracks, but I wanted to help them bridge out into another center. Luckily, there was a suggestion I took right from the post:
We used Discount School Supply’s insanely bright flourescent Biocolors (love), and talked a lot about the different tracks. The sensory experience of just rolling the car back and forth, back and forth, watching the paint tracks emerge also seemed to be incredibly soothing. Since my art and block areas are on opposite sides of the room, I’m happy to report each of my train lovers tried another new activity after painting. And we have this huge, bright, happy print!
Teacher friends, how do you reflect your kids’ interests in your rooms?