I’m about to share a photo of an area in our classroom. Years ago it wouldn’t have even looked like this for more than one day, if it actually did at all.
I certainly wouldn’t be sharing a photo of it then….. but now, older, wiser and far more mellow (Clare, thanks to you my gorgeous one) I can share and want to share. I LOVE this area the most:
Here is a close up:
was is our Word Wall. A tad bit unconventional.
Let me share the story….
This word wall was set up, firstly as a linear display of the sounds that were learnt each day during Term 1. When Term 2 started the cherubs entered to these sounds in alphabetical order, neatly placed under the pretty letter cards. The ‘reward frogs’ were under the letter which corresponded to the child’s name and some of our sight words were included into this alphabetised display.
As the term progressed and more words were discovered I handed them out and the cherubs placed them in “the correct” spots.
Then, one rainy, long day in Term 3 one of the cherubs started tidying it up. I watched….. almost said something, but decided not to. Instead I watched for a bit longer.
Cherub 1 was soon joined by Cherub 2, 3 and 4. When the day was finished and they had all left for the warmth of their homes this is how the wall looked.
Do you know I nearly started reorganising it. Thank goodness I didn’t.
This is their room. This is how they wanted it. It made sense to them. Of. course it did since the words are introduced in colour blocks: gold words, red words, etc. And in interviews in Term 1 I love to celebrate that they are able to point to a word and say “that’s a green word” even if they can’t recall the actual word.
They love this wall. They use this wall. It now makes sense to them. Alphabetised suits me and may even impress a few parents but it is NOT where and how my cherubs work and operate.
So, THIS is how our wall is and will stay.
At least until the next long and rainy day 😉