I love to watch little narratives unfold during centers. One of the best places to “catch” such a narrative is in the block center. Here is the saga I captured today:
Four boys are building a structure. I ask what it is. S replies, “It is a house.” H chimes in and says, “It is Halloween and they bump their heads.” “Who?” I inquire. “The beyblades.” One boy tells me, “It is a haunted house with a battle place. You can battle on top of the house.”
H brings over some tigers. S warns him, “No, don’t!” H spins the tigers like a beyblade. “Dude, you can’t do that.” S warns and then seeing H is not going to back off says, “Pretend he got trapped and can’t get out.” S slips the tigers under the block structure.
S tells him, “Yes, we will make a home for you.” S opens a section of the structure and J slips his car into its new home. Meanwhile one of the boys declares “We all have the same powers. When the beyblades spin, they shoot out fire.”
The narrative lasted the entire centers – nearly 25 minutes. During that time many children entered the saga and left. S, C and H remained the constant players. It is so revealing to watch their negotiation skills and how they work out differences. It was rich to see how others entered the play and then disengaged.