Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday SOL: What could be more fun?

I am participating in the
Tuesday Slice of Life.
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day.
A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

I am delighted to be on spring break and, thus, I will keep this slice short and sweet! 

Last week, our school celebrated "intersession," where our students work in mixed-age small groups on different topics over several days. My small group was comprised of nine students, a mix of preschoolers through kindergarteners, and we built forts outdoors. 

Our supplies were simple: old sheets and cloths, one water-resistant tarp for our floor, sticks, twine, clothespins, rubber bands, and a couple of really cool clamps. Each day, we built a big fort in a different location around our school and then sat inside, reading books and eating snacks. What could be more fun? Here are the highlights: 

  • Hearing and seeing children's imagination run free - they created 'campfires' out of sticks and imagined a warm fire, they fought off invisible monsters, and they spontaneously shared stories about escaping, hiding, surviving...what if no one could see us? what would it be like to stay out all night? what if we lived here for real? It was so fun to hear their imaginative ideas. 

  • Seeing the mixed-ages play together seamlessly, kindergarteners helping younger ones (reading books aloud! that was very exciting!), preschoolers playing along and keeping up with the older children, working hard to be 'equals.' 

  • One day, we had a light rain - but we sat protected under our roof of sheets, all cozied in together, enjoying books and telling stories. 

It was a very special few days of fun times outdoors, creating together. 


  1. This looks and sounds magical. I'm so curious about intersessions- how they work, how they came to be at your school, what the goal for that time is...

    1. Intersessions are a tradition at our school. We do two a year - one just before winter break, one before spring break. They are a chance for everyone - teachers and students - to do something a little different for 1-2 hours a day, for three or four days in a week. Students choose their adventure (well, they choose their top three choices and then get assigned). I love this tradition!

  2. I hope you're having a marvelous week of R & R, Maureen. This intersession sounds and looks wonderful, too. What fun to give them the materials & let them go! I love the interplay among ages, too.

    1. I think the mixed-ages is one of my favorite aspects of intersession!