Saturday, February 15, 2014

Summer - sand + water = Fun, science, engineering and social skills.

What do you get when you add sand + water + enthusiastic learners?  During the  past two weeks the afternoon children have been gravitating towards the sandpit and mostly staying there all afternoon.  Working together in groups to create rivers and pools of mud, wonderful to jump, splash and sometimes even swim in.  Powerful learning takes place while children work in small groups,  finding out how to work together, problem solving through trial and  error, and finding new and different ways to make things work. You might call this “PLAY”, but for children it is very serious work as they go about their business, exploring the properties of sand and water with their whole body, creating waterways to redirect water and learning how to share spaces                                                 with others. Powerful learning indeed.

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