Learning Creative Learning– LIFELONG KINDERGARTEN MOOC
I love this line in the early pages of Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitch Resnick:
My nomination for the greatest invention of the previous thousand years? Kindergarten.
I loved Kindergarten. I still do. When I visit any school, my favourite place to visit is and always will be KINDERGARTEN. Kindergarten is a place of wonder, joy and endless possibility. The most challenging part is holding onto these important qualities as we make our way through the grades in school.
The Week One prompt for the LCL MOOC says the following:
Think about an object from your childhood that interested and influenced you. What was special about it? How did it affect the way you think and learn?
My own objects from my childhood quickly came to mind. As a child, I loved my Fisher Price Little People. My favorites were the castle and the schoolhouse. Still today, these objects sit in a box on the top shelf of my garage, played with by own own children and now awaiting the next set of imaginative child minds and hands.
I spent countless hours playing with this castle and schoolhouse, the furniture and the many “people”. This is where I first took on the role of mother and the first inklings of Shauna the teacher came to life. These toys were so special to me as they offered endless possibilities; no two rounds of play looked the same- one day the castle was battling a snowstorm, the next a burglary and then the next, the scene of a wedding. One day I may have enacted a day of school in the schoolhouse and the next it may have been a shelter during a tornado. The Little People offered opportunities for both reenacting reality and prompting make-believe. These toys were where the magic happened. They opened up a world of possibilities for me as a child and promoted imaginative play like no other. These toys helped develop my creative, imaginative side and the collaborative play I did with others brings back fond memories.
It warmed my heart to see my own children play with these toys in their early years and we added many Little People sets to these as they grew. We have also added to the boxes of these toys in storage; these are childhood objects worth hanging on to!