The class met at Children’s House in Holyoke and finally the students get to see real live kids!
I ran several small groups for motor skills so students could get a better sense of what it takes to get kids moving, and also see the range of skills that kids have, while they are participating and having fun.
We also heard each student read their “early play memories” and talked about the differences between the world they grew up in, and the way kids grow up today. This was fascinating to me; since it seems the this small group of 19-20 year olds grew up very very differently in comparison to what we observe with kids today. This may become a big question to look at as we move forward – how and why are things so different for kids growing up today ???