My students had a full hour and a half of free choice time today and I cannot stop smiling.
It was pajama day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and everyone was all a-twitter to see their classmates (and teachers!) in pony or puppy or star wars or all sorts of super soft and comfy jammies and slippers. It’s amazing how such a little difference can have such a BIG impact on a day.
This morning we had 5th grade guest readers share two Dr. Seuss books, we finished up our classroom rhyme book in writer’s workshop and then had a quick reader’s workshop to get ready to read to our buddies. After lunch they were spent and so was I!
I told the students I had a few more questions to ask some students but if everyone could play nicely and do “First time listening” when I called them to the back table that they would be able to enjoy a Looooong Free Choice time.
It was amazing! Block zoos were built for the dinosaurs, Lego towns sprung up on the carpet, play dough was pounded and molded into a fine patisserie of baked goods, the creation station overflowed with collages of glued macaroni and feather designs and a shimmery blue cloth was carefully draped over the play house table to transform it into a rocket ship.
Kindergarten cooperation, collaboration and coordination was in full force and it was a sight to behold. I only regret now that I did not grab my camera and take a picture of the beautifully orchestrated chaos that was unfolding in front of me.