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Play is a child’s important work. They need lots of hands-on experiences with interesting things to look at, touch, and manipulate. They also need opportunities throughout the day to move and climb.

 
Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment A

Tips and Ideas

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Playdough

Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment B

Discovering Ways Children Learn through Play

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Forum

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Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment C

Incorporating the Cultures of Children in the Classroom

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A Basic Approach to Learning through Play

This course is designed to teach participants how children learn through play and active involvement with their environment.

Module 2 Agenda

Description

 

Children learn through their five senses. They learn through sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. To support their learning, caregivers should provide a safe environment and supervised freedom to move and explore. Play is a child’s important work. They need lots of hands-on experiences with interesting things to look at, touch, and manipulate. They also need opportunities throughout the day to move and climb.

This course is based on information on pages 41-47, 59-61, 69-70, 111-116, and 160-162 in the Child Care Center Licensing Guidebook, 2nd ed. (2006). DEL-LC 2001 (x) 10/06.

Concepts covered:

  • Children learn through play
  • Designing and planning classroom learning centers
  • Caregiver’s role in helping infants and toddlers learn
  • Incorporating the culture of the children into the curriculum

 

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Goal 1:

Demonstrate knowledge of culturally appropriate expectations.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways to incorporate the cultures of the children into the curriculum; and

  • Identify ways to honor diversity.

Goal 2:

Demonstrate knowledge that children learn through play and active involvement with their environment.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  •  Describe a skill a child might gain or enhance by participating in or interacting with each of the following activities:

  • manipulative toys/blocks team games
  • sensory exploration
  • dramatic play
  • painting
  • water play
  • board games
  • woodworking
  • cooking
  • outdoor play
  • daily routines

 

 

 

Recommended Resources

 

Day, M., & Palakian, R. (2003). How culture shapes social-emotional development: Implications for practice in infant-family programs. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

From the beginning. (1997). [Videotape]. Altschul Group Corporation. Evanston, IL: Educational Media.

Gardiner, W.H., & Kosmitzki, C., (2002). Lives across cultures: Cross-cultural human development (2nd ed). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Gay, G., (2002). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research and practice. New York. Teachers College Press.

Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2001) Multicultural issues in child care. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company.

Gopnik, A., Meltzoff, A.N., & Kuhl, P.K. (1999). The scientist in the crib: Minds, brains, and how children learn. New York: William Morrow and Company.

Greenfield, R., Cocking, P. (Eds.) (1994). Cross-cultural roots of minority child development. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Lerner, C., & Dumbro, A.L. (2000). Learning & growing together. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

The new room arrangement as a teaching strategy. [Videotape]. 1991. Diane Trister Dodge. Teaching Strategies, Inc.

Play is FUNdamental. (1987). National Association for the Education of Young Children. Brochure #576.

Sawyers, J.K., & Rogers, C.S. Helping young children develop through play: A practical guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers. National Association for the Education of Young Children. Brochure #345.

Shade, B.J.R., Kelly, C., & Oberg, M. (2001). Creating culturally responsive classrooms. Washington DC: American Psychological Assocation.

Wilson, L.C. (1986). Infants & toddlers: Curriculum and teaching. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishing.

York, S. (1991). Roots and wings: Affirming culture in early childhood programs. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

Zigler, E.F., Finn-Stevenson, M., & Hall, N.W. (2002). The first three years and beyond. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

 

Online Resources

 

For additional information on child development, we have provided links to optional resources and articles which you may choose to read and save on your computer. The links below may be for third-party websites. We do not control the content on third-party websites, which means that the web pages can be moved or changed at any time without our knowledge. We check the links below on a regular basis, however we are unable to guarantee that they will be functional at all times. If the link does not work, you can copy the title of the resource and paste it into Yahoo or Google to search for the location of the new page.

Articles/websites are for resource purposes only and are not necessarily the opinions of Successful Solutions or our trainers.

 

Website Links:

 

 Teach Preschool

Basic Preschool Lesson Plan

Form Preschool Express Website for Lesson Plan Ideas

KinderPlans website for Lesson Plans

Preschool Express Music & Rhyme Station

Science: Preschool Activities and Crafts

Preschool Science Activities

A to Z Preschool Science

Songs for Teaching About the Weather and the Seasons

Songs for Teaching the Calendar: Days of the Week & Months of the Year

Children Who Just Watch

Play Modifications for Children with Disabilities, Beyond the Journal, May 2003

The Early Learning Community

 

A Basic Approach to Learning through Play

 

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