Play Based Learning

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Cars and Blocks! 🙂  A three year old child decided that cars and blocks go nicely together and so began construction of a large one story building and some nice parking spots for cars.  And some cars park upside down. 

2008-01-01 12.34.42  I absolutely love how this child decided the parking spots should be on tall polls!  What do you think, is this the future of parking?  Maybe when cars fly like on the “Jetsons”? 🙂  Again mathematics and yes, physics are happening here.  This child put those cars on the pulls many times because gravity and balance claimed them.  Finally with much persistence they stayed put.  

2008-01-08 12.32.22 Moving along from cars and blocks, we find that using scissors to cut play dough is a great way to practice proper form and to strengthen our fine motor skills. This child follows a normal developmental pattern of going back and forth between using two hands to open and close the scissors and using one hand to cut and one to hold the object needing cutting.  As a mentor and guide in this situation, I modeled it once and let her try.  I encouraged her to keep trying when she felt it was too hard.  And she did wonderfully on her own! 🙂  The next time we used scissors for paper and for play dough she allowed me to model it once and she tried it until she felt satisfied.  

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Heidi Scott, BA & MIT  The Marigold School of Early Learning 🙂 

 

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What Would You DO?

“Hmm…what can I do with paper, pencil and scissors?”                                                                              Preschool Pics 096

“I can draw anything I want.  Then I can use my handy scissors to cut in any direction I want.  OR, I could crumple the paper, twist it, shred it, make little balls…oh, I need a bowl or basket to carry my balls in!  Then I can go around and show my friends and then maybe they will help me make more balls and we could then say they are berries!  Yes, that is what I will do.  Oh, I want to tell my story…I need my Teacher, she can write my words for me.”

Just looking at this picture seems like a pretty simple scenario, yet there are so many different ideas and directions a child might explore with three simple tools.  Tools sometimes are simple, yet the hand and mind controlling them are much more complicated. 🙂

What scenarios, provocations have you set up recently that the children took in directions you the Teacher or Parent never imagined?  Please share your stories, I would love to read about them too! 🙂

Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning