Noticing Things

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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.

Making patterns with sticks and shells

Making patterns with sticks and shells

LB m looking

Choosing shells and shiny stones to arrange

Lining up all the shells in the courtyard

Lining up all the shells in the courtyard

Following a garden path

Following a garden path

Gluing lots of big pieces of bark

Gluing lots of big pieces of bark

"The shiny stones and shells that I like."

“The shiny stones and shells that I like.”

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.

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