The Power of Play
Why have a play-based classroom?
A play-based classroom is an effective environment for children to reach their fullest potential in all five domains: social, emotional, creative, physical, and cognitive. Play is children’s work. A play-based environment keeps children engaged and creates a desire for learning. A love of learning advances all domains through acceptance, affirmation, and exploration through a play-based environment.
What is a teacher’s role in play?
As a teacher, your role is to encourage play through guidance. As a guide a teacher collaborates, scaffolds ideas, and provides classroom materials. Also, teachers need to encourage student’s interests, motivate by encouraging competence, and support each child’s diverse needs. Another critical responsibility of a teacher is assessment, assessing each child’s learning process is essential for effective instruction.
How to make a play-based classroom?
- The Creative Curriculum is developmentally appropriate for early childhood and kindergarten classrooms. This curriculum provides teaching strategies, which help teachers be effective, while still recognizing children’s creativity. This creative approach not only makes learning exciting, but also supports active learning, and promotes all developmental areas.
- In order to lay the perfect foundation for play-based classroom, you should fill the environment with happiness and encouragement. Play should be your key ingredient in your curriculum.
- Teamwork is extremely important in the classroom. Each topic of study should be determined and explored through collaboration between your children and the teachers.
- Plan daily activities that incorporate hands on experiences based on exploration, creativity, and teamwork.
How do children learn through play?
- Children learn through play, which creates interests. A child’s interest leads to asking questions: how, what, where and why. To find the answer, encourage your children to explore and share ideas.
- Each child is unique and develops at different rates; therefore you should strive to provide age appropriate experiences, hands on learning, and interaction with others. Your environment should be designed to build and promote a love of learning.
- Create opportunities for children to explore and undergo new experiences
- Communication with others promotes social, emotional, and cognitive development. Children should be able to communicate verbally with one another in large and small groups. To achieve this, teachers should provide activities where children practice the art of discussion. For example, during group time provide children the opportunity to discuss, share ideas, create motivation, and form opinions.
- Meet children’s physical and mental challenges
- Show children how to do new things
- Practice and repeat skills
- Children learn while playing with toys. Encourage them to use objects in many diverse ways; this lays a foundation for creative thinking.
- Playing with puzzles, blocks, or play dough; all promote fine motor, cognitive, and creative development.
- During play children enhance their social and emotional development through sharing,making friends, and learn how to regulate and understand their emotions.
- Children enhance their problem solving strategies during play, by deciding to follow the rules, and to share.