Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We play all day!

Mathematics: Begins to recognize, copy, extend and create simple patterns.

We are proud to say that we play all day!

The great news is they are learning so much as they play, because that is how children learn best.
 In a play-based classroom the teachers job is facilitating opportunities for children to learn from their social environments using their five senses. This includes providing materials and vocabulary as well as helping the children investigate their interests further.
Children learn best when engaged through play, because they are active learners.
Currently our themes are developed based on the children’s interests and needs.  At the beginning of the unit, possible activities are outlined and connected with the standards.
 Throughout the duration of the learning unit, activities are added, eliminated and 
modified to suit the natural flow of the subject. 

Below I have given examples of activities that look like "Just Playing," when really the children are learning and growing according to the Maine Early Learning Standards.

Mathematical Decision-making: Uses planning to acquire a desired outcome.

Early Language and Literacy: Seeks out and enjoys experiences with pictures,
books, and other print materials.

Gross Motor: Moves with an awareness of personal space in relationship to others.

Car Repairmen
Social Studies: "Dramatizes the ways people work and various aspects of their jobs.

Mud Pies
  Scientific Process: Observes, describes and investigates changes
 in materials and cause and effect relationships.

Block Play
Approaches to Learning: (Persistence and Reflection)
 Demonstrates a capacity to maintain concentration for a meaningful period of time
on a task, set of directions, or interactions, despite distractions and interruptions.

Playdough Cake
Creative Arts: Uses props to enhance role playing and dramatic play

Drip Painting
Creative Arts: Uses different art media and materials

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