A couple days ago, I spent the morning with several other parents at my kids’ school, helping the Elementary II and Middle School switch rooms. The kids did a huge amount of work. I kept seeing things that made me feel so grateful to be part of that community. It started with spotting one of my all-time favorite books lying on top of a pile of science texts. Seeing Dr. Williams’s poems on the biology and chemistry books made me happy. While I scuttled to get my phone, somebody moved it to join the language arts books. But still. No one's tying him down.
|1. WCW is in the room.|
|2. There's knitting lying around on the floor. It's no big deal.|
|3. There's beauty everywhere.|
|4. Boys mess with pretty stuff, too.|
|5. Instead of drab texts, they use books |
a person actually wants to look at.
|6. They walk the walk.|
|7. Kids understand the logic of their environment so|
completely that they were able to set the room up
pretty much independently.
|8. Crayon colors are stored with their complements,|
so you can really see them.
|9. There's no uniform.|
|10. They provide necessary instruction.|