Although I spent a lot of time in a kindergarten classroom in Japan, I was constantly amazed by how smart the kids were and the things they could do.
One day, the children went to the special room to do free play ramp activities. The teacher doesn’t help the children and instead urges them to think of ways to do the things they want to do themselves. She urged me not to help them as they built their ramps so that their marbles could successfully pass through.
Of course… children can think for themselves and solve their own problems. Why do adults feel the need to intervene and put our own thoughts into things? There is a lot to be learned from a child. 🙂
Well… the kids had a blast and I also learned a lot watching their interactions together. They used so many materials and patterns to get their marble moving! They found that the marble did not turn naturally on their ramp corner so they built a little wall there so it would bounce onto the ramp. It was a beautiful thing to see minds at work. 🙂 Who knew ramp play would teach me so many things.
Today they graduated kindergarten and went off to elementary school. I’m so sad I won’t be able to visit them again in the kindergarten school. A new life is ahead for them. 🙂