One area on our Kindergarten progress report states: “Applies problem solving in everyday situations”
But, what is problem solving, what does that mean? In Kindergarten, we look at problem solving from a variety of angles. We problem solve when we figure out how to put on our coat without any help. We problem solve when we are struggling to get along with another and we can talk it out. Problem solving is even something we do during many of our math activities. Problem solving is what we do day in, day out socially, academically, socially, and individually. How are we going to get that block to go where we want it to in the structure? How am I going to get my sleeve right side out again? What happens when I try to put this square peg into a round hole? How can I get my friend to listen to my ideas? Problem solving helps us to become independent and self-sufficient, able to take care of ourselves and our friends.
As I was walking around the room today, I noticed the class involved in a variety of activities. Some were in the block area. Some were in the art area. Some were in sand, writing, puzzles. We were all busy and we were all problem solving in our own way:
Every time we put a puzzle together we are problem solving.
Working together to create a collage is problem solving.
Making a mask,
and figuring out a way to put it around our head,
by whatever means possible (yes, that is tape), is problem solving.
Using our reading strategies to figure our unfamiliar words is problem solving.
And figuring out a way to make a marble travel
“Applies problem solving in everyday situations” Yes. I think so!