When one works with children it is not seriousness all the time. Often the opportunity to laugh comes unexpectedly – especially once the children know me and have learned to trust me. The chance to laugh might occur when a child is doing a Show & Tell, being silly in a presentation, or showing their comical side in a drama presentation.
The children may feel comfortable playing the clown at odd moments as there are times when I make them laugh too: when I do read-alouds, I may use a funny voice (for example sing “opera” when reading the letter O in an alphabet book); when explaining dramatisation, I may exaggerate actions and expressions a little to explain concepts to the children. The roars of laughter are infectuous, of course, and they set the tone for many sessions on the carpet.
In the classroom there is a time to work, a time listen, a time to read, a time to write and, of course, a time to laugh.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: laugh)
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