I know that many people believe that primary students often do nothing but play all day. Especially in Kindergarten. And while it is true that we have some time set aside every day to have unstructured play time- where the children decide which activities they will engage in and how that will look- sometimes we have to actively fight to keep that time unstructured as the demands and expectations of what we should be doing instead increases. On top of that, the time allotted to courses like art, music, and physical education is being whittled away to make more room for reading, math, and traditionally 'heavier' courses, so kids in general are spending less time moving, less time being creative, and more time preparing for tests. Play has been gradually taken away from children and replaced with structured activities, academic work, and digital experiences to the point where they hardly ever “play” at all. As this trend has continued, there has been a rise in childhood anxiety, childhood suicide, and a growing number of kids who simply don’t know how to play.
Three California educators—Eric Saibel, Scott Bedley, and Tim Bedley— along with a group of other educators, launched Global School Play Day, a full day in February set aside to just let students play. All day long. No screens, no structure, no adult interference. Now in its seventh year, Global School Play Day has spread across the world. Although one day out of the year isn’t nearly enough, they are hoping that the day will inspire schools to build more time for unstructured play into every school day. And so some of the BEST classes will be participating for some part, if not all, of the play day on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Our students need play and all the rich learning that comes from play in their lives, even if for just one day.
We were going about our usual morning routine on Thursday when we noticed a random pink sock all on its lonesome laying on the carpet. Now it is not unusual to find odd bits and bobs of clothing strewn about as the day goes on, especially when its warm, but as we had just begun our day and it was chilly it was an odd sight. As often happens, when Team Awesome was asked who the sock belonged to everyone shrugged and said, "Not me" and looked around to see if maybe a friend would claim it. No one did. So Mrs. Farber and I had the children tug up their pants to show us their socks but everyone was wearing two. Curiouser and curiouser. Eventually we concluded that maybe it was a hitchhiker on a sweater and as the aforementioned sweater was taken off, its staticky grip loosened and it fell onto our carpet. So if this lovely warm pink sock belongs to your child, just let us know and we will send it home with them. Makes me wonder if all my single socks have lost their mate to static cling.....
Schools of Choice Kindergarten registration takes place from Jan. 25 at 9:00 AM, until 12:00 PM on Feb. 5, 2021.
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