When children begin constructing, do they have intention and if so do teachers direct and divert the children's work with questions such as:
~What are you making?
~ What are you doing?
Or by making comments such as ~This looks like a bus (when it really isn't). This type of labeling limits the children's work.
We find it most helpful to make comments and ask questions that invite discussions.
~You look very busy, tell me what's happening?
~Will you be adding more tree blocks?
~Would you like me to get you some loose materials?
In this episode the girls told us they were making a train.One long enough to hold two passengers.
~I see that you left spaces in between the blocks. What are they for?
~What else will you be adding to your train?
~The space is for the seats and we will add the steering wheels!
~Will you be travelling far away today?
And so the discussion continues....