Play in my Classroom

Why play in the kindergarten classroom (or any classroom), you ask?  Well, put simply, I regularly see how play captivates my students and stimulates language learning and growth (for examples of kindergarten outcomes evident during play, click here).  I have witnessed, first hand, a cardboard box in my dramatic play area become a pirate ship and my ELL students transform into the captain and crew.  As they “hoist the Jolly-Roger” and to “set sail on the seven seas” in search of their treasure, their interest in learning the desired language to enact their story is apparent.  It only takes hearing “Arrrr” “Land ahoy!” or “Shiver me timbers!” once before it has become part of the common language used regularly while playing in our classroom.

But can play be more than that?  At a recent PD session where we watched a video from the Galileo Network’s Website and looked at Stuart Brown’s seven patterns of play, I began to reflect on the the play that happens daily in my classroom and how it could help develop an even deeper understandings of the world around us.  I began to look not only at the materials that are readily available but also how the classroom environment could foster certain types of play, curiosity and exploration.  I became intrigued by the Reggio Emilia Approach and giving my classroom more of a “Reggio” feeling.  And that, my friends, is where my classroom remodel, begins.  Stay-tuned for the big reveal.

My classroom before I begin to set it up. You can see that after emptying most of it for summer cleanning, it really is a blank slate.

Another before picture, this time of the back of my room.

Mme Melissa


Hello everyone!  I would like to welcome you to my new blog.  Not long ago, stumbled across an online article about how blogging makes better teachers.  Just days later, I peeked my head into a Reggio inspired classroom at another school and that also piqued my interest.  Since then, I have been Google-ing, reading, and learning all I can about Reggio as well as pondering ways to bring some of this approach into my classroom to complement what I already do.  As a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher, my biggest focuses in my classroom are language development, using play in the classroom as well as developing fine motor skills all while developing my children’s curiosity and interest in learning.  Through this blog I hope to highlight some of the new things I am trying in my classroom this year as well as share some of my tried and true practices.  Be sure to check back later…

Mme Melissa