Thursday 14 March 2013

Childhood explored: How to learn in play

The weather you have to admit has been bizarre snow in March , I know its not unheard of but when the skies are blue you do began to wonder somewhat. Spring is such a joyous theme for crafting and for  children's learning.

  • You can aid a child's learning so much much! but avoid going into closed questing ( How many ? What colour What size ?)
  • Take some time to observe and find out what your children are playing and what their roles and intentions are.
  • Think if you need to enter the play and for what purposes ( such as offering suggestions, introducing new ideas or vocabulary , noise or behaviour management, extending the play or negotiating entry for another child.
  • Try and play on the children's terms by taking on a role that they suggest, and following the children's instructions. With younger children . just participating and imitating the children's actions with the same type of materials will signal that you are in tune and start a playful interaction.
  • Offer your own ideas when you are sure that they are consistent with the flow of play.
  • Always be aware of the qualities of play, and to the knowledge and skills that children are using and applying.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic advise I agree with whole heatedly,and the bizarre weather!


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