"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!