Structuring School Opportunities

This cluster offers experiences that I know are transformative for children around ages three, four and five. These have been developed in cooperation with the many people who have walked with me towards the discovery of what seems both satisfying and beneficial.

Stewardship of Play

A socially co-constructed conceptualization of play uncovers the true foundation of education. Here are the ways people learn about the healthy conditions for play enabling human beings to flourish.

Mathematics and Design

The Mathematics and Design pages step the reader through three essentials: tuned materials, structured engagement, and reliance on the energy of one’s friends. When I learned to structure opportunities for young children with design and mathematics as a whole idea, I saw all children enjoy their own cleverness in a community of tricky peers. Twelve pages in this section offer what I have learned about activities for free play and group time, especially tuned to children who have had little experience with this kind of play at home. I include a video of a four-year-old demonstrating the skills and concepts of arithmetic that everyone who wants to understand mathematics education for young children ought to see.

Small Group Activities

These are guides for leading small group experiences with a focused intention to creating a planned, routine opportunity for each and every child to learn a new language, make their first friends, and find an adult outside of their family experience who listens and cares for them. Again, this is directed towards those children who have not done this before.

Pedagogy

In one short document I summarize what I have learned to do with children as their leader and facilitator to structure the school environment so young children, 2-1/2 to 5, enjoy being fully alive in a community of friends.

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