As you observe your preschoolers and kindergartners play during free choice time, it very quickly becomes apparent that some children always gravitate towards the block corner first thing in the morning, while others seem to head directly for the art table. Each child is unique because of his or her own particular learning style. It is through this unique style that each child learns best. In Howard Gardner’s book, Frames of Mind (1983), he identifies numerous multiple intelligences that indicate the natural ways people are most comfortable learning. This, of course, is what you are observing in your classroom as your children freely play with the toys and materials available to them.
- November 2, 2016