Children are sometimes spontaneous, sometimes reserved, joyful now, sad later, friendly and reserved, competent and naïve, talkative and quiet. To be childlike is to experience an almost unpredictable array of discoveries, emotions, and levels of energy. Children are unique and complex and thus often difficult to comprehend. And they do not readily engage us in dialogue in order to explain the reasons for their caprice as they explore the world that surrounds them. Yet, as Educators, it is important for us to know our children deeply, to flow with their currents, and to extend their nascent theories about how the world works.
Given the delightful yet often enigmatic characteristics of young children, we learned decades ago that in order to comprehend children we must begin by observing them as they play. But what do we see as we observe.
HERE is a delightful read about the importance of ‘Observing Play’ that illustrates it all beautifully too.