Louise Davies - Task Sheet 9 Play, Transition’s and Behaviour. 1 Explain how play and leisure activities can be used to support all aspects of development, why is play important to a child’s development and what is the value of play? Play is behavior that humans participate in to explore and learn in their environments. Humans are involved in play all their lives to learn and to have pleasure. Through play children, among other things, develop language that then is the basis for literacy skills that are taught at schools.
The potential of pedagogical documentation, By Jacinthe Nguyen Can learning be visible? Children’s and teacher’s learning’s processes visible through pedagogical documentation. Life is full of learning moments for children as well as for adults. But how can we illustrate this learning in a manner visible to others? In the Reggio Emilia approach, children are seen as active and competent learners; and the use of pedagogical documentation reflects this view through exhibiting, analysing and reflecting on children’s learning (Patterson, 2005).
CT230 4.3 Explain how play and activities are used to support the development of speech, language and communication. Children learn well by being in an environment where there is regular communication and interaction with adults and other children. Through regular interaction with adults and other children particularly for activities that children are interested in or find enjoyable, give children an excellent platform to support the development of their speech, language and communication skills. When children are having fun or wish to convey their views, opinions or wishes, they are compelled to try and communicate this to you. This is why play and activities are excellent tools for supporting the development of speech and language.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), (2012) states that the role of the practitioner is crucial in observing and reflecting on children’s spontaneous play, building on this by planning and providing a challenging environment which supports specific areas of children’s learning and extends and develops children’s language and communication in their play. (See appendix 1 note 2) Another role of the practitioner is to work professionally and responsibly such as to ‘work as part of the team, work with parents and partners, participate in providing an environment that is welcoming and stimulating’ (Tassoni P, et.al, 2007 page 137) and to meet the learning needs of each individual child by providing a range of activities and experiences. A1 While attending placements I have worked to support the learning needs of children in this particular role by working with my supervisor, other staff members and parents or carers. When doing this, practitioners should always be professional, for example using a polite tone of
Lauren Fowler Pin: 30199220 OP2.17 1.1. Describe why creative development is important to children’s learning. Creative development is important to children’s development and learning because it helps your child to use their mind and imagination to express their own ideas. Even playing with their friends is also helping your child to understand that all family’s and cultures can be different. It also helps your child to make connections in their thinking and the way in which problem are solved.
The constructivist approach to early childhood education offers children the opportunity to construct knowledge through daily experiences and encounters with parents, teachers, peers, events, and objects in the world. Children develop theories, negotiate learning, and merge thoughts together, thereby building knowledge and understanding. It is the right of all children to be part of a school community that respects them as competent individuals who are viewed as contributors to the process of learning. The educators of Reggio Emilia show us the possibilities of what can happen when we trust and respect the capabilities of children. We believe that the Reggio Approach is successful because of its powerful image and deep respect for the culture of childhood, and for its strong belief that children, teachers, and parents all work together in the process of building knowledge.
Explain how the experience of play can assist with child development Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centred play. The experiences that children have with play assist with child development in many areas.
Finally, during the preschool years, many children become quite independent and social interacting with the world around them through games and play activities. This is the stage of moving from minute activities to preparing for a solid foundation in all areas of development preparing to interact out of the home. Being a teacher in a classroom, I understand the significant impacts that play enhance preschool children’s growth and development through empowerment, self- help skills, and pro social behavior. As a center, we provide opportunities for preschoolers to exercise their ability to function in a school community efficiently and independently. This includes interacting both inside and outside with their peer and their teachers.
The Reggio Emilia approach promotes the idea that children’s creativity can develop unabated by restrictions and boundaries. By giving children time and space to explore materials, freedom to test things out and varied opportunities to learn and develop new skills, children will inevitably employ their natural creativity and curiosity to make meaningful connections between their experiences and the wider world. Children provided with the right resources, such as toys that have more than one use, natural fibers and items such as glass and fabrics, have been given the tools to explore their creativity. They can then reflect upon how their projects connect to their learning and life experiences. Reggio Emilia philosophies have, at their core, a community value.
I will also examine the role of the teacher in supporting children’s learning through play and draw on from my own experiences of observing children at play. The term ‘play’ is widely used and discussed in various social contexts and age groups. However, there seems to be an absence of a universal definition. “Different people have different definitions of play” (Dobson, 2004, p.8). Reed and Brown (2000) proposed that it might be difficult to define play as it is ‘felt’ rather than ‘done’.