One of the most popular centers is Read the Room. A group of sprouts take pointers (we’ve got some really FUN ones too, try offering Pokémon pointers to kindergartners and see how fast they jump to read) and read letters, names, words, numbers, whatever around the room.

Today during centers, as I walked by a group of girls reading, I overheard the following:

“Ok, you’re Mrs. D. and I’m Mr. A. – ready, go!” A little girl instructed her friends.

“Boys and girls, please be respectful, ‘sponsible, and safe,” the little girl told her friends.

They continued to play teacher and, naturally, after they spotted me listening, began really hamming it up. I guess they really are listening when we talk.

In what other profession do you get to watch children pay homage to you in a loving, complimentary way? It’s truly a tribute… and they’re reading too so it’s really a win-win situation. Love it!


ChiTown Girl said...

Uh, oh...that sounds a little too much like "play." That's not allowed in kdg. anymore {she says with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek..}

Your little group might like the bees I made yesterday. Check them out!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

My Son's Kindergarten class is also doing this. His teacher calls is "Being a Teacher." The "teacher" gets to pick two other students that she will be teaching to. Then, all three walk around the room with the "teacher" using the pointer to point out words that the other two students have to read. I LOVE this idea! Thanks for your version!

I am still loving reading your positive posts on teaching. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mr. A. said...

I'm so afraid 'play' is becoming a dirty word... so far - with a full day program, I'm able to incorporate it in at least a little each day. It's the highlight of the day for many kids and it allows them ALL to feel successful. It also gives me an opportunity to asses, pull kids for interventions, AND learn about them through observation.

Sarah said...

Love it!! Kindergarteners are my favorite!