Early Childhood: Kids are the Experts!

Do you know how to do a cartwheel? How about – how to have a “pi eyting” contest?

Kindergarten children from Boston Public Schools and Head Start created “how to” books that were presented at the Boston Children’s Museum on June 1st. Teachers, children, and families came out for the event with children so excited to show off their books. This project was co-sponsored by the Boston Children’s Museum , Boston Public Schools , the Making Learning Visible project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Wheelock’s Documentation Studio.  The Documentation Studio supports teachers in making children’s learning visible; look for more information on our webpage: wheelock.edu/docstudio .

Check out the video highlighting one school’s process in developing the books, as well as some photos below from the event at the Children’s Museum. The video was created by Wheelock student Maya Spratling (’12, Communications) and our documentation specialist, Melissa Rivard.

What do you think? How does this kind of project support children’s literacy skills? What are other ways the community can support children’s literacy and learning?

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Lots of engagement as the books were read.

Proud Kindergartner and Mom

Pride of ownership was everywhere.