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Learning Through Play

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Kristy Young

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Learning Through Play
Learning Through Play
In this video, these children are learning and problem solving through their play.
The Significance in Play
During play, children increase their social competence and their emotional maturity.
During play children:
*Practice both verbal and nonverbal communication skills by negotiating roles, trying to gain access to ongoing play, and appreciating the feelings of others (Spodek & Saracho, 1998).
*Respond to their peers’ feelings while waiting for their turn and sharing materials and experiences (Sapon-Shevin, Dobbelgere, Carrigan, Goodman, & Mastin, 1998; Wheeler, 2004).
*Experience others’ points of view by working through conflicts about space, materials, or rules positively (Smilansky & Shefatya, 1990; Spodek & Saracho, 1998).

What is Play?
~Play is engaging in an activity for enjoyment!
~Children engage in play at school constantly. During their play, they also engage in learning.
~Through exploration, natural couriosity, and creative play children develop academically daily.
~Play can range from sorting blocks, to a readers theater. From growing plants to racing cars!
Play in My Classroom
Play is going on constantly in my classroom. Some examples are:

Math: sorting blocks, painting polygons, creating numbers with base ten blocks, writing facts in shaving cream, building fences with blocks and finding the perimeter, card games, dice games, and estimating guessing games.
Play in My Classroom
Language Arts: Readers theaters, act out plays, puppet shows, story telling circles, vocabulary scavenger hunts, using pipe cleaners and sugar cubes to build words, retelling stories with props, and illustrating stories with paint, crayons and markers are just a few!
Play in My Classroom
Science: Experiments with weather, exploring different forms of water, growing flowers, blowing through straws to create wind, and making fossils with clay.

Social Studies: Creating posters about historical figures, walks around town, acting out social stories, and creating edible landforms.
Family Resources
Here are friendly websites for you to explore about play in early childhood education:

http://www.autismspeaks.org/ - play with special needs students.
http://www.naeyc.org/play - benefits of play
http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/ - advocating for children and play
http://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/the-importance-of-play/ - importance of play
http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-your-child-benefits-from-play_64065.bc - how your child benefits from play

Curriculum Goals Reached Through Play in Math
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1 using information presented in a bar graph.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Curriculum Goals Reached Through Play in Language Arts
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