The children have created a color coding system for assigning various jobs and responsibilities. Each job is represented by a certain color and the children select who will do each job for the day.
It can often be in this these everyday moments that the children utilize some of their most critical thinking skills. As they take into account so many considerations, the children are learning how to listen to each other, advocate for themselves, and propose solutions to problems.
We are taking turns switching off who fills out the chart for the day. This level of participation serves so many purposes. Not only are the children contributing their ideas to the group, they are also the decision makers and negotiators; all responsible for and to the collective whole.
Elena and Tegan are pictured here working out the day's list. We are considering who already had turns this week (the ever popular "snack set-up" remains the most popular job!) and the children are also taking into account the various interests, preferences, and requests from their friends.
life in the outdoor classroom
The Animal Shop
The Animal Shop makes a comeback! Lily, Hugh, and Will were busy this morning getting the animals prepped and ready for sale. First you need to feed the animals, says the group...
Then the animals get washed and dried.
When you purchase an animal, the sale includes food and water, as well as feeding instructions! A very good deal if you ask us....