Planning Play Experiences Why Do Early Childhood Educators Plan Play Experiences?
Supportive guidance from adults is essential for moving children to higher levels of development.
To help children develop in their use of play as a vehicle for increasing neural structures.
To help children practice skills they will need later in life.
To gauge a child’s developmental progress.
Factors Involved With Planning
The Early Childhood Educator:
Has thorough understanding of how children grow and develop.
Plans experiences that support the development of each child.
Uses observation to extend the child’s play experience.
The Process of Planning
Reflect on Learning
Questions Early Childhood Educators Ask
How does the play space support play, wonderment, and learning?
What are the appropriate materials needed to support the children’s interests and developmental levels?
What are the strategies to support children in exploration, discovery and wonderment?
What is the role of the local community?
How are community resource incorporated into the children’s experiences?
How are family contributions utilized?
What is the role of the child in making choices about his play experience?
How will the children be grouped?
How will you use the indoor and outdoor spaces for experiences?
“ We learn in so many different ways – all of them valid – too few of them acknowledged.” (Chenfeld, 2001)
Information taken from: Early Education Curriculum by Hilda Jackman Foundation of Early Childhood Education by Beverlie Dietze Introduction to Early Childhood Education by Ingrid Crowther Created by Joanne McDonald