Yes it is PLAY but is it really JUST play
First we need to learn how to articulate what children are learning through play, so that when an administrator walks into our classrooms and ask us what is the objective we can unwavering give them a well stated objective.
Let's start by looking at our block centers since I feel that Block Play is an essential part of the early childhood curriculum because it stimulates learning in all domains of development.
Social Development and Language Development
When I Play with Blocks I learn...
When we add Blue Prints
If we are being intentional about what we are adding to their play, we could then say that it is Intentional Play right.
When we are adding to their block play it becomes so much more.
When we add Paper and Markers
When we add Ramps
If we start to say that we are fostering Intentional Play may be just may be they will start to listen.
When we are intentional about their play children are able to go through the process of wrong ideas so that they can reach certain correct ideas on their own.
When we are intentional about their play we are giving them the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of how things work and what is correct when they are given the opportunity to explore what is incorrect.
As we watch and observe children in their natural play and then intentionally provide them with other objects like ramps, gears, tape and loose parts so that children have the opportunity to experiment which will allow them to think more deeply about their learning.
are intentional teachers who foster intentional play that will build life long learners.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.