I was first introduced to the idea of a “thinking bubble” way back in 2021 by our good friend (and magical guide in all things early education!) Becky Thomas. The brain of a 3/4 year old is a mixed up, beautiful, and busy place. Put 12 of them in a room together, and you begin to realize that getting all of those busy and beautiful brains thinking about the SAME thing at the SAME time can be tricky!
From the first days of school, we started talking about our thinking bubbles during meeting, at most transitions, and before open time. We think of a thinking bubble as a home for the thoughts that are at the very front of your brain. We get to be in control of what goes into and comes out of our thinking bubbles, and we can even stretch it to make room for more than one idea! At meeting this might sound like “throw the hello song out of your thinking bubble, and pop the schedule in”.
Beyond being a great way to learn to think together and stay on topic, this is also an exercise that builds up our muscles for the very important skill of metacognition! Organizing your thoughts is hard work y’all.
Because thinking bubbles are such an important part of life in the Silver Room, we thought it would be fun to structure our bi-monthly posts around some of the themes that have been spending lots of time in our thinking bubbles! We hope you enjoy this little peek into our first weeks together:
Teamwork / Being strong / Friends helping friends
Boo boos / Babies / Feeling cozy
Blending ideas / Connections / Boundaries / Singing
Our favorite song this week is an old favorite fingerplay/song that YOU may remember from preschool — Two Little Blackbirds!
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.