You can’t see it, you can’t hear it, you can’t feel it, and you can’t touch it. But you can search and find it – time. Embark on an exciting search for time together with the children – and don’t waste any time on this project! Below you will find creative tips that will make your project time valuable – and not just for the children.
1. Tip for an exciting project: So much time – discover different times
What different time do you know? Do you remember the “vacation time” first? Collect all the times you can think of with the children, such as "lunchtime", "slow motion", night time, "time bomb" etc. To do this, a picture is always painted in the same size and hung on a line. It is wonderful to see how the children present different times. Plan a lot of space for your leash from the start, e.g. B. in the hallway. I myself have had 73 different times with schoolchildren!
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2. Tip for an exciting project: Approaching time – philosophizing about time
While the children are busy with time, they also approach this abstract topic mentally. You will notice this in wonderful sentences such as: "Time is locked in the clock." Or: "Time is what goes around!" Write these quotes down, they are one valuable Remember your project! Deliberately trigger such thoughts among the children and engage in philosophizing together. I found a particularly suitable impulse for such a conversation with children with the children’s book author Erich Kästner:
"My empire is small and undeniably vast. I am the time. I am the time that creeps and hurries, hurts and heals. I have neither heart nor eyesight. I don’t separate the good from the bad. I don’t hate anyone, I’m sorry for nobody. I am the time. "
Read this poem slowly and repeat it after a short silence. Now only one question is missing, such as: B .: "What do you think about time?", and you are in the middle of a philosophical conversation with the children.
You yourself take on the role of moderator. You give depth to the philosophical conversation by relating the statements of the children to each other and differentiating them, as well as by asking questions such as:
- "What do you say to Tim’s thought?"
- "Why could that be so?"
- "What exactly could that mean?"
Try to write down as many statements from the children as possible.
3. Tip for an exciting project: From yesterday, today and tomorrow
"Tomorrow I was with dad!" Younger children in particular use the terms “yesterday”, “today” and “tomorrow” very freely and creatively. Because these words have no relation to their life, they are abstract. With a diary in the form of a timeline, you make the children understand the importance of these times. For this you need sheets of construction paper in 3 different colors, e.g. B. Green for the past, yellow for the present and blue for the future. Have several sheets of the same color ready for the past and one sheet for each of the other times. Now kick off With the children to discuss the day in the morning circle. The children now present the different sections and facts of the day in pictures. Then everything is pinned onto the toned paper sheet from “Today”. The next day, check the pictures: Has everything happened as discussed? Then the pictures change onto the construction paper sheet for "Yesterday", and you discuss and redesign the current day. After a few days, a timeline was created. Consider this with the children again and again: what was yesterday, what was there to eat 2 days ago? Then additionally insert the paper sheet for "Morgen". Who of the children already knows what could happen tomorrow? These pictures also migrate to "Today" and "Yesterday" if they really applied.
4. Tip for an exciting project: "When I grow up" … – a look into the future
"When I grow up, I want to be a police officer!" Children get involved with their career aspirations the future apart. Encourage these thoughts about the future by asking children questions such as:
- "How old are you when it’s your birthday?"
- "Which excursion would you like to take?"
- "What do you wish for Christmas?"
- "What will you look like when you grow up?"
You can also implement a look into the future in terms of design by printing out a photo of each child, which the children then use felt-tip pens to transform into their “adult face”. Equip your cladding corner with various "adult accessories" such as shoes with heels, ties, jackets … Then a wonderful fashion show can be created in which Mr. Müller and Ms. Schwarz present themselves. In this way, you can fill the abstract topic “time” with a lot of concrete experiences with the children – certainly an exciting research trip!
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