Children and Schemas - Understanding Different Play Behaviours
by Claire Sands Why does he keep taking the blocks and hiding them? Why is she always wrapping things in blankets? Why do our children do the things they do. This blog post explains schemas and why knowing about them can really help us to understand our children's behaviour and to provide play opportunities they'll engage with. You can also read our other blog posts in this series: What is Play?, The Importance of Play, Barriers to play, The Play Cycle; My Sofa: Enabling Environments, Easy…
Let Them 'PLAY'....There Are 'DOUGH' Many Benefits!
I hope you are ready to get your hands dirty today because I have some fun planned for you where flour may fly! I am so excited to be here to share my very first post as a Primary Pack collaborator! I am Jenn Drake from... I am a kindergarten teacher from Long Island, N.Y. I am also embarking on my first year as 'mom of a kindergartener'- AND I get to do it all over again next year when my PreK-er goes into kindergarten! My boys are my resident 'guinea pigs' and are willing to try out my…
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Creating an Environment that Teaches: New Beginnings
I get very excited in August to create a beautiful, homey and inspiring new environment for me and my new kindergartners. Each year I look a...
Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children (Loose Parts Series)
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Tidy cards - To help the children to replace the resources after use, I photographed all the areas and displayed the photos on the shelf. I also made copies to use at tidy time when I give the cards to groups of children.