The Hidden Value of Routine Activities

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In this video clip, we observe five children working individually to make similar figures out of clay. This experience is repeated a thousand times a day in preschools across the country. However, many college methods courses in ECE cite such activities as less than optimal practice. These courses make rather categorical statements about how such activities do not foster individual creativity or collaboration among the children. Granting that many people accept this criticism, what can we learn when we deconstruct a particular example of one of these activities captured in video?

Keywords: Fours, Children-Teacher, Symbolization, Clay

Length of stand alone master video clip: 2 minutes 29 seconds