Unorganized

The value of unorganized play is underestimated.  Every morning we have Morning Gym on our campus in Mountain Lakes, before the official start of the school day. On Wednesday mornings, I lead and chaperone the Morning Gym activities. There are many reasons for this activity before our students sit down for school, but often I am struck with how students fall into unexpected positive free play, and all we have done is give them the four walls.  Recently, some of the participants wanted to kick a soccer ball against the cement wall and then kick it again. Soon this developed into a student becoming the goalie. Next, it developed into passing. Finally, the game developed into shooting and passing.  One might say this activity is not special. I think any free play activity is remarkable, and in this case, these were 3rd and 4th-grade students and a couple of them told me they had never kicked a soccer ball before. What had happened?  I am not sure, but it was magical to see students try something they had not before, with no guidance from an adult.