Party of Chairs: Making Meaning of Others' Actions

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In this clip an enterprising two-year-old girl begins placing wooden chairs in a row, up to a total of eight chairs. In the process three boys join her, clearly understanding her plan. This video clip captures the wonderful flow of play that can occur when the environment and classroom culture support the spontaneous emergence of leadership. The supporting text guides you through play segments that illustrate the spatial intelligence required to align the chairs, the social intelligence of the helper/leader relationships, the shift from physical construction to symbolic play, and the flow of collaboration when materials have an exciting scale and function.

Length of stand-alone master video clip: 10 minutes 13 seconds

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Keywords: Twos, Children-Object, Goal Marking, Spatial Relations, Leadership, Collaboration