Have you ever stopped to think about the part that “noticing things” plays in our lives? Take a look at this list of key experiences for preschoolers from the High/Scope Foundation. This is the section called Classification:
- Exploring and describing similarities, differences, and the attributes of things
- Distinguishing and describing shapes
- Sorting and matching
- Using and describing something in several ways
- Holding more than one attribute in mind at a time
- Distinguishing between “some” and “all”
- Describing characteristics something does not possess or what class it does not belong to
As you look through these photos of children at work, try using the Classification descriptions as a lens or framework for understanding what is happening for the child as s/he works with open-ended materials and whatever else comes along during the course of a day.
What if we set things up so that children are encouraged to notice things, talk about what they notice, and find ways to remember and document those “noticings?” This is a way to discover children’s interests and guide their learning in a simple, loving manner.