Kindergarten is known as the age of industry for a reason: Make a suggestion and these children are ready to take it on and try it on.
Whether it’s the post office, the doctor’s office or the local farm., these children are ready to run the world with efficiency and complete dedication.
And just why does this matter? Well – it’s fun for them of course. And fun and learning should go hand in hand.
But it is actually way more than that. In taking on these make-believe roles these children are stepping up into a cognitive zone well beyond their present capability. When they “play” at being the manager of the post office they assume roles of responsibility beyond their ability. They try it on for size in make believe and that experience leads them forward into a new cognitive zone of capability. They are literally learning above age and grade level.
There’s some very good educational theory behind all of this.(Stay tuned.)
And the good news is: this kind of learning doesn’t have to stop at kindergarten.
Throughout our lives we can advance our learning, and that of our students, by creating the spaces where everyone can step up and stand tall and be the person who knows what to do and who understands at the next level.