Welcome to the Summer Book Study 2023
Hello and welcome to our annual Summer Book Study 2023! Each summer, Mr.Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard and myself host a teacher book study. It is totally free and stems from our love of learning and growing as educators. Each week we read 1 chapter from the selected book and then we each share our thoughts and take-aways on our separate blogs. Each chapter has it’s own specific blog post that you can read and respond to if you wish. This year we will be doing an interactive FB Live, after every 2 chapters. Please follow our social media or your Book Study newsletter for dates and times. This year our chosen PD book focuses on MATH and is titled: Exploring Mathematics Through Play in the Early Childhood Classroom.
Looking for our previous book studies?
2016: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Growth Mindset)
2019: Strategies that Work
2021: Shifting the Balance
2022: Know Better, Do Better
Chapter 1 – Introduction “What is Play? Or Do You Know It When You See It? Where’s the Math?
Have you ever had to defend having blocks in your early-childhood classroom? Or have you been told to teach to the test or standards and bypass “play”? This first chapter provides some information and research on the amount of time teachers spend on academics, along with the pressures of assessments and teaching to pass tests. The author then goes into a scenario about 2 young children who are interacting with blocks, without direction or teacher intervention. She provides insight into what is happening, along with the definition of play and what it looks like. But is this considered play or math? Read chapter 1 for all of the details and research.
Take Aways from Chapter 1 – Introduction
- Activities must be voluntary and children must have the opportunity to make choices
- “In his popular book, The Power of Play, Deavid Elkind (2007) says that repeated experiences with materials are essential to developing creativity and also to learning perseverance.” pg 7
- I believe this COMPLETELY! Sometimes as parents and teachers we fall into the trap of ‘believing and accepting’ that children are bored, when they really need to learn how to persevere and attain to a task, rather than to just move to the next activity, game or toy.
- When children are allowed to choose their activities, even with repeated exposure, they will have opportunities to develop richer understandings and explorations!
- Don’t always intervene! But if you do contribute, consider asking open-ended questions.
- Math standards, especially for mathematical practice can be found in a variety of simple “play’ activities, such as filling a square with blocks and building towers.
- But just play is not the entire answer. Providing ample time and opportunities for young students to engage and explore is important, but so is explicit teaching to these skills & concepts, which will provide the imperative vocabulary and knowledge to support the learning!
What were your thoughts on Summer Book Study 2023 – Exploring Mathematics through Play in the Early Childhood Classroom – Chapter 1? Did anything resonate with you? Feel free to leave a comment here or participate in our bi-weekly chat! See you next week for chapter 2.
Head on over to read what Mr.Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard has to say about chapter 1!