Planning play experiences


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Planning play experiences

  1. 1. Planning Play Experiences Why Do Early Childhood Educators Plan Play Experiences?
  2. 2. Why Plan? <ul><li>Supportive guidance from adults is essential for moving children to higher levels of development. </li></ul><ul><li>To help children develop in their use of play as a vehicle for increasing neural structures. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Plan? <ul><li>To help children practice skills they will need later in life. </li></ul><ul><li>To gauge a child’s developmental progress. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Factors Involved With Planning <ul><li>Size, number </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Special considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Where/when </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Early Childhood Educator: <ul><li>Has thorough understanding of how children grow and develop. </li></ul><ul><li>Plans experiences that support the development of each child. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses observation to extend the child’s play experience. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Process of Planning <ul><li>Planning Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>When,Where,How </li></ul><ul><li>Observation of </li></ul><ul><li>the Child </li></ul><ul><li>Peers </li></ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Settings </li></ul>Implement Plans <ul><li>Reflect on Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust </li></ul><ul><li>Revise </li></ul><ul><li>Change </li></ul>
  7. 7. Questions Early Childhood Educators Ask <ul><li>How does the play space support play, wonderment, and learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the appropriate materials needed to support the children’s interests and developmental levels? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the strategies to support children in exploration, discovery and wonderment? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Questions cont. <ul><li>What is the role of the local community? </li></ul><ul><li>How are community resource incorporated into the children’s experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>How are family contributions utilized? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions cont. <ul><li>What is the role of the child in making choices about his play experience? </li></ul><ul><li>How will the children be grouped? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you use the indoor and outdoor spaces for experiences? </li></ul>
  10. 10. “ We learn in so many different ways – all of them valid – too few of them acknowledged.” (Chenfeld, 2001)
  11. 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