I am pleased to share a blog by Renée Dinnerstein, based on a recent workshop I gave for teachers and parents at a Waldorf-inspired playgroup in Brooklyn, New York. As a participant in the workshop, Renée caught much of the intent and flavor of the evening’s search for our early childhoods’ poetic imaginings. Her book CHOICE TIME: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play will be published by Heinemann in late August, 2016. Her blog about the workshop, Catching A Piece of the Sky, can be found here.
And now, as school has ended for the year, I would like to share a few thoughts from children as they venture into the summer and its invitation to play. Here, from the Center’s publications I Catch My Moment and Play, Said the Earth to Air are two selections to remind us what playing means:
Whenever I play I feel like I’m flying.
My arms feel like wings.
I feel the air brush against them.
I can feel the light shining on me
and twisting and circling all around
-Milan, 3rd Grade
My mind is playing by the movement of the cells –
and the blood rushing in and out of my brain. My
mind also plays with the depth of my imagination,
on how far it can go, the things I can see and discover.
My mind also has the imagination of my dreams too.
-Livia, 5th grade