I often get the opportunity to observe children at play and learning to cooperate with each other. Today, one of our girls was playing in dollhouse and some of the boys in block center wanted to use the family vehicle from the dollhouse. A small disagreement began. I hesitated to step in, I just watched for a moment letting the group sort it out themselves. They managed to come to some sort of bargain, so I wandered away.
When I came back to see how they were doing, the boys had all the dollhouse furniture loaded on all the trucks and big cars they could find. They also managed to have most of the dolls from the dollhouse. Grace was busily gathering extra furniture that had been missed and generally giving direction to the boys.
"We're helping Grace move. She wants to move closer to her grandma, so we're using all our cars to move all her stuff!"
"You have to have a big truck to move the kitchen."
"I'm being really careful. You have to be really careful when you move stuff so stuff doesn't get broken."
I have been teaching early childhood for about 20 years. I love what I do---it's the best job in the world!!! Where else can you go to work each day and do art, play games, have snack and get hugs regularly AND get paid for it?! I love to share ideas with other teachers and see what they are doing in their classrooms. Teaching is the best profession---we love to share!