Engaging children in conversation as they work affirms their efforts and natural curiosity.
Describe what you notice them doing:
" I see you made a long green line."
" I see your brush going round and round, like circles."
" You pushed so many straws into the clay!"
Comments that describe what a child is doing encourages them to work longer and think more deeply about what they are doing. The child is being affirmed for his or her exploration and risk taking.
Like any good thing, don't overdo it! When children (and adults) are working intently, sometimes words are interruptions.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you this week!