Great poem!

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  1. ESL-K-Teacher

    ESL-K-Teacher Rookie

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    Jun 18, 2005

    I just found that on a website and I think I will put it in the hall right next to my classroom door in September. I thought I would share! :)


    Just Playing
    Author Unknown

    When I'm building in the block area,
    Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play: about balance and shapes.
    Who knows, I may be an architect someday.

    When I'm getting all dressed up, setting the table,
    caring for the babies,
    Don't get the idea I'm, "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play:
    I may be a mother or a father someday.

    When you see me up to my elbows in paint,
    or standing at an easel,
    or molding and shaping the clay,
    Please don't let me hear you say, "He's Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm expressing myself and being creative.
    I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

    When you see me sitting in a chair "reading" to an imaginary audience,
    Please don't laugh and think I'm "Just Playing."
    For you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I may be a teacher someday.

    When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with
    choice things I find,
    Don't pass it off as "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I 'm learning as I play.
    I may be a scientist someday.

    When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some plaything at my school,
    Please don't feel the time is wasted in "Play."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
    I may be in business someday.

    When you see me cooking to tasting foods,
    Please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to follow directions and see differences.
    I may be a cook someday.

    When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
    Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning how my body works.
    I may be a doctor, nurse, or an athlete someday.

    When you ask me what I've done at school today,
    and I say, "I Just Played,"
    Please don't misunderstand me.
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work,
    I'm preparing for tomorrow.
    Today, I am a child and my work IS play
     
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  3. dee

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    Jun 18, 2005

    My children's Pre-K teacher would read this to her parents on parent orientation day. She used this to help parents see that their children will learn thru play.
     
  4. Brenda S.

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    I like that poem. I am copying it to share!

    Thanks, Brenda
     
  5. lexilla

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    Jun 19, 2005

    I love it! I too will copy it.
     
  6. Danny'sNanny

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    Jun 19, 2005

    Wow, I've been looking for that poem for months! I used it last year and lost my copy! Thanks ;)
     
  7. AMK

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    Jun 19, 2005

    What a great poem. I have printed it and will hang it in my classroom! Thanks for sharing it
     
  8. lwininger

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    Jun 19, 2005

    Great poem. Thank you for sharing!
     
  9. lowrie

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    Jun 23, 2005

    The kindergarten teacher that taught all three of my sons has this poem in her classroom as well, I've always loved it :)
     

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