"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
Do you ever have to pull a child away from their play for a few minutes, promising them they can go right back? While we don't usually want to interrupt their play, sometimes it is necessary for a child to complete other tasks such as bathrooming, or to work with specialists. If a child is really engaged in their play, one of two things often happen. Either the child refuses, or they make you promise that you will save their toys for them. Either way, they are concerned that they will not be able to return to their play without it being disrupted by other children. Teaching all children in the classroom to use a type of "work in progress" visual can ease these transitions and eliminate the pile of "saved" toys on your classroom counter;)
Steps for using the visuals:
I've found that children pick up on this VERY quickly and it alleviates all the coaxing and reassuring that is sometimes needed. It is so fun to see when children start getting signs for their friends when needed.
Click below if you would like to download a free copy of my visuals.
As always, have fun!
"Children see magic because they look for it." Christopher Moore
The weather has finally gotten nice in our neck of the woods, and our classrooms have been able to spend some much needed time outside. I like to keep the kiddos engaged to help prevent some of the "spring fever" behaviors as well as allow the kids to spend extra time outside without missing out on learning time. One of my favorites has been to combine a few of my passions...language, technology, and hands-on activities. I do this with a variety of scavenger hunts. Some have said "iPads on the playground...NO WAY!", but with the right iPad case, and some structure, this can be a great way to integrate technology in the early childhood classroom, and create an engaged learning environment. After you've completed the scavenger hunt, extend the learning by having the children share their "finds" during large group. This is a great way to work on their oral language skills. To download a copy of this scavenger hunt, including instructions, click here. Have Fun!
When children are engaged, they are ready to learn!