Rocking Horse Friends play based environment allows the child to expand into his or her fullest awareness. When a child has full reign in his exploration this typically leads to competency in his world. Control, yes, and also the ability to create his offerings to himself, her community, his nation, her World.
What is play-based learning?
Children are naturally motivated to play. A play-based program builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways.
A play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.
For example, while children are playing with blocks, a teacher can pose questions that encourage problem solving, prediction and hypothesising. The teacher can also bring the child’s awareness towards mathematics, science and literacy concepts, allowing them to engage with such concepts through hands-on learning.
This week I finally got up the nerve to record and post my first attempt at a podcast. In the spirit of being vulnerable (Thank you Brené Brown), I told the story of one of my hardest memories of working in child care. It is only hard because sometimes it is difficult to look in the mirror and recognize where we have failed, though this happens to be a necessary part of improving. This story talks to the importance of relationships in managing children’s behaviour, while also recognizing the individual role that one person can have in responding a child’s outward expressions of emotion.
Managing children’s behaviour is a complex and often discussed issue. Everyone, including those who don’t have or work with children, seems to have an opinion on the best ways to handle their behaviour more…