Planning play experiences

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  • 1. Planning Play Experiences Why Do Early Childhood Educators Plan Play Experiences?
  • 2. Why Plan?
    • 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.
  • 3. Why Plan?
    • To help children practice skills they will need later in life.
    • To gauge a child’s developmental progress.
  • 4. Factors Involved With Planning
    • Size, number
    • Gender
    • Abilities
    • Special considerations
    • Budget
    • Where/when
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. The Process of Planning
    • Planning Learning
    • Experiences
    • Goals
    • Materials
    • When,Where,How
    • Observation of
    • the Child
    • Peers
    • Adults
    • Materials
    • Settings
    Implement Plans
    • Reflect on Learning
    • Experiences
    • Adjust
    • Revise
    • Change
  • 7. 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?
  • 8. Questions cont.
    • What is the role of the local community?
    • How are community resource incorporated into the children’s experiences?
    • How are family contributions utilized?
  • 9. Questions cont.
    • 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?
  • 10. “ We learn in so many different ways – all of them valid – too few of them acknowledged.” (Chenfeld, 2001)
  • 11. 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