This was a bit of a different day; it all started of as normal school day, where we observed how a usually school day look for the kids. First they had a check-in and this one was a bit longer since it was the 1st of December. They sat in a bow around the teacher and sang and afterwards they could choose one of four exercises to do. After that they went to church for a sermon for 1 hour. Sitting still for one hours, that’s not easy anyone, especially not for a bunch of 6-7 year olds, so when they came back they were full with energy.
We were still curious to find out what other places they could come up with, so this time we asked them to help us draw a space where Pippi Longstocking would feel comfortable. Since Pippi isn’t an ordinary girl, she needs an un-ordinary place to read and write and work. We asked them to draw two things, 1 that Pippi would like when she should read or write and another that she didn’t like. As always they went into it full heartedly, drawing in full speed. When they were done we asked them to show us their pictures and tell us why the good place was good, and the bad place was bad. The liked once was placed next the light bulb on the white board, and the disliked one was put “in” the box. We talked some more about it, but could feel that the ability for concentration was on an all time low.
What also should be mentioned regarding this exercise is, that kids really wants to do the task “right” and even when they are this young they know how Pippi should do the reading and writing the “right way”, therefor we also heard some of the kids explaining that we need a chair and a table in order for Pippi to do the actions in a proper way. So we have learned that if you want the kids being able to think out of the box and create new solutions you should first learn them to work this way, since these kids not are taught design-thinking skills and problem solving in their everyday learning.
According to our plan they were supposed to do some more building, but they had so much energy in their bodies, and no capacity left to focus, we figured out we better do something else. So we played a little game of “Living memory”, a game we had introduced the day before. The first day the once who were being the “cards” had been asked to, two and two, interpret an animal. This was a popular game; everyone wanted to be the one “turning” the cards – the players. And the cards enjoyed pointing out when they weren’t the same animal, even though it might look that way.
By the end of it all the kids were happy and gave us big, big hugs before they left for their after-school activities. We felt like we learned a lot from them, so we hope they got as much out of it as us. Even if that just happens to be some new games, new ways to see a room, and the story about Oskar the Giraffe.