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Time to Buy your Medicine!

Here is another example of how teachers are creating “playful” spaces for authentic writing experiences in their classrooms.

Children’s Writing Shapes their Play Narratives

This student takes notes about the “medicine” that she is holding.

Three young girls brought some writing materials to the tables (along the wall) in the corner of the classroom. They each set up a “work station” at the table and began to stock their stations with wooden blocks. As they did this, they also wrote some names/letters/lines/shapes on their papers. One girl announced that the blocks were “medicine” and soon these stations became “pharmacies” and the blocks were pretend medicine that they had to organize. They gathered the medicine (blocks), they took notes, and talked about doctors and patients. (more…)

Post Office

Mail Delivery!

This envelope includes some stickers for stamps and many numbers for the address.

Here are some examples of how teachers are creating “playful” spaces for authentic writing experiences in their classrooms.

Children Write In-Role During Play

The “Post Office” centre serves as an example of children integrating writing into their role-play. In this example, the children visited the “post office” and wrote letters, addressed envelopes and drew stamps. They brought these to the mail clerk to send. The clerk placed the letters into mail boxes and, later, the teacher as the “mail carrier” came in with her mail bag and collected some mail for delivery. When she left, some children took on her role, and collected the remaining letters. (more…)