A few days ago a wonderful New York Times article by Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager came out about what a good Pre-K program looks like. In The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K a scene of purposeful play is described as
a room organized by a caring, responsive teacher who understands child development. Activity centers are stocked with materials that invite exploration, fire the imagination, require initiative and prompt collaboration. The room hums.This is the direction my school's Pre-K and K program have been going in for some time. As a specialist teacher I try to bring this sense of play and exploration in my early childhood art curriculum as well. Check out my pinboard, Teaching Sensory/Fun/Imaginative Projects to borrow some ideas I have borrowed!