|RM approaches her buddy|
A frequent site of this type of problem solving is the rope swings. We have two swings, but one is inevitably the favorite, the one that all the children want all the time! The purple rope swing is the site of many physical feats for this group, and also a place where lots of creative problem solving takes place.
|"Count to five!"|
A delighted look came across RM's face: "Yeah! It works for me!" She ran to the other side of the maple tree from where the rope swing hangs, and shouted "One! Two! Three! Four! Five!" Then she ran back to LC. Both children were beaming and giggling. LC said: "Now you count to three! And then it's your turn!" RM said: "Okay!" and ran off to do her counting.
This went on for several minutes, both children so pleased with this game. RM was showing off her counting skills, of which she is so proud, and LC was still swinging on the swing, finding it hilarious that RM was doing all this counting and running. The back and forth had turned into it's own game. It worked for them both!
This moment of pure fun was kid-generated and untouched by adult rules and ideas about sharing and taking turns. It was about connection and enjoyment, not really about the rope swing at all!