Miss Fugo and I have
been working very hard on kindness in the classroom and around our school. As part of this effort, we have implemented
Partner play has taken
place each Thursday and will do so until we have reached 6 weeks. Your
child will be paired with a different preschooler each week who they don't
usually play with. We will have "partner play" at center time only
(about 1.5 hours). They will not be paired together all day long. They
will need to make decisions together about where to play and for how long. We
have been pleasantly surprised since the first week we tried it. Miss
Fugo and I join in the play and also observe the children from afar. Some
of the positives we are noticing are....
stayed in a particular center longer than usual.
played in centers they don't usually choose.
....turn taking and
cooperation was excellent!
....they were making
friends and having conversations with children they don't otherwise interact
....some children were
much more involved in their work than usual.
....there were very
few discipline issues. Miss Fugo and I did not have to interfere at all!
This will happen each Thursday
so don't forget to ask your child who their partner was that day!
There is so much more
to a preschooler's development than letters, numbers, and writing. I hope
you will support what we are trying to do. I will update you as needed.