During our free exploration one morning, a child worked together with another child to construct a collaborative collage. The word ‘cooperation’ was introduced to sensitize the two children to the concept of working together in harmony. At morning meeting after this observation, a question was posed to all the children: What is cooperation? Here are the voices of the children:
“Cooperation means make something…”
“…together”, adds another child.
“I will show you something what we made together, then we made like these all together”
“Cooperation means they help and they help us when they fall”
“…and if somebody needs help we going faster and help”
“You could help people play together”
The following day, Mrs. Cancemi reads the story “The Giant Jam Sandwich” (delightful story of how all the people in town work together to make the wasps go away from their town)
“…that would be hard (to make a giant sandwich by yourself), you have to do it together
Mrs. Cancemi: “They are cooperating and working…”
“If we was in the book (in the story), we would help out”
“We can all help together and we can play together, we can play together, we can draw together!”
After our discussion, the children were invited to draw their ideas on the meaning of cooperation. Please enjoy their thoughts refined through the language of drawing.