Who is really teaching preschool?

Who is really teaching preschool?

Today, I happened by this class to see what was up and while there, I discovered the real teacher hard at work play.

This young teacher (a Pre-K student) was holding a set of cards that had been made for the transportation activity box. Each card had a different color of car on the front along with another set of cards with color words on them…

The “teacher” held up each color word card and asked her very attentive “student” to say the name of the color word on the card then spell the color word out loud…

The “teacher” and her “student” went through each card until every color word had been read aloud and spelled aloud…

After each color word was spelled out loud the “teacher” would then announce – okay let’s sing it! Both the “teacher” and the “student” would then break out and sing a little tune…

“G-R-E-E-N”

“G-R-E-E-N”

“G-R-E-E-N”

And then move on to the next color word…

Normally, I would say that perhaps this approach to teaching is a bit outdated or perhaps not developmentally appropriate and suggest an approach that is more play based or process oriented…

But who am I to interfere when the real professionals are at work play?

Cards and color words are from PreKinders!

13 Comments

  • Scott Posted May 25, 2011 8:46 am

    Someone once told me that to truly learn something, teach it to someone else. This activity seems to have become a great learning tool for two kids – learning and reinforcing in two different ways. How terrific!

  • Rachel Posted May 25, 2011 1:14 pm

    I love it! 🙂

  • ayn colsh Posted May 25, 2011 8:24 pm

    This is so cool! I love to see kids “teach”. How lucky for you that you happened into this classroom at just the right moment! Priceless! 🙂

  • Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog Posted May 25, 2011 9:59 pm

    This really made me smile — what great learning taking place! I esp. love how they would sing about them!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Laura Posted May 26, 2011 12:19 am

    Thats so awesome! Its pretty similar to what I do with my daughter (2 yrs) She just developed this absolute love of letters and will spell EVERYTHING so I just go with the flow and we make games out of it like this! Its so amazing to watch children learn and grow, and to teach us and so I have started a really cool project based on my daughters love of learning and my wanting to share it with lots of parents 🙂
    Id love to hear everyone’s input! (plus you get to see a really sweet video of my life with my very comical daughter) Feel free to share! I really need all the support I can get, this is my dream 🙂
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/38847058/brilliant-bundles-presents-shapes

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 26, 2011 8:52 pm

    Looks like you must know some pretty smart people Scott:) I agree – even I learn better when I am teaching something new.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 26, 2011 8:52 pm

    Thank you Rachel:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 26, 2011 8:53 pm

    I wasn’t planning on staying but as I watched the kids, I decided just to sit back and see what happens. They were so cute to watch:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 26, 2011 8:53 pm

    What I didn’t say was at one point, while the girls were singing the letters – the whole class started singing along. I wish I could have captured that in a photo!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 26, 2011 8:54 pm

    I will be sure to stop by Laura!

  • Karen @ PreKinders Posted May 27, 2011 5:45 pm

    Oh wow! Well, I’m glad this “teacher” was able to use the car color cards I made! So cute.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 27, 2011 7:32 pm

    I happen to know from a reliable source that she was glad to have them! Thanks for all you do Karen:) We love PreKinders!

  • Jeremy Posted May 29, 2011 10:35 pm

    I love to see children teaching children. This happens a lot in our multiage classroom.

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