My thoughts are on play based learning this week and teaching with this method is a pleasure with younger children as they love to play. So to me as a teacher it works on both sides. At Early Learning Management our minds are open to anything that gets a child using their own creative mind.
Play based learning does not mean the teachers have an easy time, it means that the children have some freedom to use their own creativity. It gives them an opportunity to share ideas, become social, stick by rules and enjoy group activities. This can only enhance their learning process.
Young children will come to rely on their teacher as they begin to adapt to a program. They will automatically become dependant on you to provide them with interesting things to do in class. It’s wonderful to watch them when they are put in a creative situation. For example I have noticed so many times the ones who take great care in a colouring activity and then there are those who just do a quick scribble. What to do here?
I generally have a few things up my sleeve like a dot to dot or a maze puzzle. To me there’s no limits to a child’s creativity. Maybe they just don’t like colouring and prefer something a little more mind stretching. The trick is to adapt to their needs. Be open minded and provide a variety of activities to please all. The one thing I find they all enjoy is painting. Painting is the most exciting thing in class to children. The only thing I suggest is to have a theme, maybe make it seasonal.
Generally a play based morning will be quite a long session. This gives them a great chance to really use their imagination. You can obviously give them ideas but I would try and leave them to decide what they want to do. If they do need your help then give them a choice so they still have to decide. For example it’s winter, so give them a choice to use the colours of winter and create a fold over.
Let them initiate the colours as this way they take ownership of their work which can only gain them confidence. Also they can then compare with the rest of the children. This type of learning process is not really about the product it is more about the taking part.
Most centres will be equipped to enable these creative processes inside and outside. For more information regarding centre start ups or advice don’t hesitate to contact us at ELM.