Number Stories

Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey If you are coming across this post, the information for our Number Story study is now available in our Innovating Play book! Chapter 6 includes a detailed lesson plan of the pacing for the duration of the study, supplemental resources, and of course Continue Reading →

Character Studies

As we nurture emergent readers and writers we take time explore the craft of the author and illustrator, and the role of each in telling a story. During this three week Character Study, children had the opportunity to connect deeply with a variety of characters. We focused on making meaningful Continue Reading →

Jan Brett Author Study – An Extended Reading Experience

Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey We used books by Jan Brett to build connections to literature and her craft as an author and illustrator. In this Extended Reading experience, children were given the opportunities to make connections to the author and define their own craft. Jan Brett’s Continue Reading →

A Summer of Discoveries and New Connections – #InnovatingPlay

Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey Discovering the Country Miss Pinto and her California kiddos had a three week lead on summer vacation, but it wasn’t the end of the communication with Mrs. Twomey and her New Jersey kids! As mentioned in Our Year Long Memory String Continue Reading →

Playing at the Farm: A SHARED Creation Experience for Students AND Teachers – #InnovatingPlay

 Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey Our kids got to EXPLORE, PLAY, and CREATE at the farm and guess what….SO DID WE!!! It started out with us (Jessica and Christine) recalling connections and discoveries with the kids from their previous experiences at the garden. We moved into Continue Reading →

Meeting in the Garden – #InnovatingPlay

Connections From Previous Discoveries Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey Innovating Play revolves around the cycle of connecting, wondering, playing, and discovering. It is not a checklist of events that need to happen, but rather a process in how one cycle can lead into the next experience. Discoveries Continue Reading →

Play Through Exploration: A Shared Garden Experience – #InnovatingPlay

Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey Making Connections Our New Jersey and California kids share the weather with each other every day. Connecting with the same topic of the weather each day has been an ongoing connection for them since November. On Valentine’s Day, a spontaneous, yet Continue Reading →

Making Learning Visible Through Block Play – #InnovatingPlay

 Cross Posted from innovatingplay.worldWritten By Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey Making Connections We have had an ongoing class collaboration since October. The ongoing piece came AFTER some natural opportunities of connection. Jessica’s class joined Christine’s class in playing Guess the Sharing Item on Flipgrid. The kids were able to Continue Reading →

First LIVE Chat with @jlabar2me’s Class and More with #InnovatingPlay

Cross Posted from innovatingplay.world Written By Christine Pinto & Jessica Twomey WHAT HAPPENS when your class connects with a class in another location, and that opportunity is not limited to a one time experience? Connections are made. Experiences are shared. Empathy develops and friendships form. Learning expands beyond the walls of Continue Reading →