In the Complementary Curriculum Approach, Lisa Porter Kuh and Iris Chin Ponte point out the relationship between time, choice, and exploration, “Supporting children to make choices requires teachers to think intentionally about their daily schedules and to consider how they support children’s right to choose and linger with materials. In order for children to have enough time to explore the choices offered to them, they need sufficient blocks of open time.”
This dovetails well with Clark’s quote from Harriet Cuffaro (1995):
“Nonfragmented stretches of time not only give children the opportunity for more in-depth involvement and experimentation, but also allow room for situations to evolve, to become meaningful in a way that they may not be at first-glance. Within this stretched time, greater possibility exists for making choices and for experiencing the consequences of one's doing. Such an approach requires that time be viewed as perspective, as rhythm, as opportunity, and the present moment be fully valued.”
Hear more about slow knowledge from Alison Clark in this conversation with That Early Childhood Nerd Heather Bernt-Santy and Illuminating Care author Carol Garboden Murray.
Delivered five days a week containing news, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.
ExchangeEveryDay is the official electronic newsletter for Exchange Press. It is delivered five days a week containing news stories, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.
Francis, our Exchange team was just talking about that today, thinking back on decades of Exchange articles, and how we can bring forth some of the classics and shine a light on the threads that carry through. Often such influence is passed along, person to person, through articles, conversations, etc, and the origins get lost. We think it's important to follow those threads. Thanks for the 'history' lesson!
It's interesting to me that when someone suggests a new idea, it often is not. In 1992 the late Dr. James Christie and I published an article in Young Children entitled, How much time is needed for play? It reported on a study of 4–5-year-olds that showed children need an extended timeframe to engage in mature play; otherwise, they simply skim the process and never fully engage in the activity. What's old is new!