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Sunday, 10 March 2019 00:36

Legos... To Be Changed As Needed!

Even before All School Lego Day, some Nurseries have been wanting to bring their own lego constructions from home to show friends, use at school, share, and also put on display. My reminders that their pieces could get mixed in with our school legos has gained no traction with them. They have all been adamant that the Nursery display shelf or in the communal lego bin is the best place for them to be.

These are generous individuals who have made a generous group and so this has worked for them this year very well until last week, oops, when it suddenly didn't.

There were some deeply felt discussions about whose were those and which were whose. It got sorted out for the moment, but it was clear, to me at least, that we would need to talk as a group to go forward.

Later on, when I brought up the problem with legos, they had ideas of what to do. I asked if I could write their ideas down, and, as it turned out, it would take more than one go at it to really figure it out. What follows are their thoughts and words they dictated to me so parents could know their new plan.

Here is the part they came up with on that first morning after snack.

Dear Moms and Dads,

Please, we are asking that we not have any legos at school.

Because they keep getting mixed up with the school legos.

It's making us feel sad.

And please don't bring legos to school; they'll get lost and you can't find them.

But on [All School] Lego Day you can bring them… of course.

Love,

Nurseries

I read it back several times and these were the words they wanted me to email to their parents. But I got home late after school, ran out of time that evening, and couldn't get it done.

My thinking was also that, of course, All School Lego Day is only once a year, and once a year is a looong time and a difficult concept at three or four or five years old. Also I understand that sometimes when children are solving a problem they can be pretty absolute.

So later in the week I told them that I ran out of time and couldn't get their letter typed out on my computer for their parents like we planned. I asked if I could read it to them one more time to be sure their words were the ones they wanted me to write.

I read it and I asked, "Does everyone agree that we shouldn't bring lego constructions from home anymore?"

One right after another, five people immediately said, "No, I don't agree!"

I asked, "Should we change it."

"Yes!" they said.

"Well, how can we change it? I can write down your words."

One person said, "Keep them in your cubby."

Another person added, " Instead… when you're done playing with them, keep them in your cubby."

Another person capped it off with, "And take them home at the end of the day!"

I read it back to them with the changes and everyone agreed.

So here is their newly amended and agreed upon version:

Dear Moms and Dads,

Please, we are asking that we not have any legos at school. Because they keep getting mixed up with the school legos.

It's making us feel sad.

And please don't bring legos to school; they'll get lost and you can't find them.

But on [All School] Lego Day you can bring them… of course.

Instead... when your done playing with them, keep them in your cubbies and take them home at the end of the day.

Love,

Nurseries

Their work was in-depth, over time, and makes a fine snapshot of their group process and the sort of problem solving they are capable of doing.

To be changed as needed!

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