It also helps them to learn social skills as they are playing games with other children. When children are at this age they develop their fine and gross motor skills. Fine motor games for this age range include: • Lego helps children develop as they can build up the blocks and knock them down. Children can also develop their social, language and communication skills as they can be playing with others. • Dolls help children develop their physical and cognitive skills as they can do buttons and zips.
Puzzles, board games, legos, blocks, tinker toys that challenge children’s skills and allowed for growth. Teachers were aware of each child’s developmental level and adjusted their environment to accommodate to their needs. Teachers would sit on the ground with the children to assist or encourage age appropriate
How to explore Phonics at home! Written by Jodie Taylor, FS1 Teacher Parent involvement helps to extend learning outside of the classroom and gives children the ability to put what they learn inside the classroom in to practice. We love getting involved in different phonics activities at school and I’m sure your children would love to practice their developing skills with you at home, showing you what they’ve learnt and progressing their learning with you. Early development of phonics skills is vital in enabling children to progress the skills needed for reading and writing when they move to ‘big school’. This post aims to give you the knowledge and ideas needed to have fun with phonics at home.
There’re diverse types of toys available within the niche marketplace to extend and promote various skills of kids. These kid toys are also known as educational toys. The Building Block is the foremost traditional educational toy for the kids. Kids love playing with block toys so much. It develops their sensory skill by taking them into a field of sound, touch, and sight.
(Kiddy Charts, n.d.) This type of play requires a lot of verbal communication between the children. Children are required to assign everyone a certain part within the role play area which develops their social skills. In turn this will also help to develop their language skills as they are putting their range of vocabulary into action. As many scenarios within role play areas are taken from real life experiences children tend to use language that they have heard others using from their experience. By using this new language the children are learning the correct context of which to use it in, another benefit of drama and role play is that the children can have fun and express themselves however they want.
I believe that infant and toddlers use their senses to explore their environment. They use seeing, feeling, taste, smell and hearing to help their brains grow. The children may repeat new experiences several times to help make new connections with that object. A close relationship with their caregiver is the best way to help and infant and toddler growing brains. A caregiver plays with them, reads, sings, and speak to them.
Still, on the lower level, I noticed a section called “Tot Spot” designed for smaller children. This section allowed toddlers to run, climb, and jump in a safe area; this is a form of gross-motor development. The development of gross-motor skills allows preschoolers’ gaits to become smooth and rhythmic- secure enough that soon they leave the ground, at first by running and later by jumping, hopping, galloping, and skipping. I also noticed puzzles and blocks on the tables and a little girl learning to play with a new toy. Also, on the top floor kids were cutting shapes trying to make a paper rocket, a majority of the older kids knew how to use the scissors but the younger kids did not.
Creative play toys are great tools in order to introduce letters and numbers. They usually come as a set and a set can provide your toddler with years of entertainment. Another great thing about it is it would be years before your kid outgrows it. It grows alongside your kid as it helps in your kid’s growth. So check out the different creative play toys to see how they can help your
While my visit at SBUSD-Rex’s Academy I observed many different areas. I began with observing the setting of the classroom and noticed that the set up was well placed and adaptable for children at that age. I than began observing the children and their interaction with one another as well as the teacher and assistant’s interaction with them. I realized that each child had different needs that needed to be met and some children were ahead of others throughout the day. The strength in this classroom were that the children were all learning how to get along with one another and getting to spend time with other children that have different diversity’s and backgrounds.
The plan-do-review process is the most important segment of the daily routine in which children make choices about what they will do, carry out their ideas and plans while playing in the different areas of the classroom, and reflect upon their activities and experiences with adults and other children. This cycle aims to help play become meaningful. The plan-do-review process fosters children’s development of initiative, reflection, problem solving, responsibility, and they can see themselves as individuals who can act on decisions. Children experience the power of independence and are conscious of their intentions which support the development of purpose and confidence. At planning time, teachers create opportunities for children to choose activities, materials and people whom to interact with, adults and other children.
4) offers the following definition for sensory play also known as ‘Messy Play’ by some Early Years practitioners. “Sensory play provides opportunities for children and young people to use all their senses or opportunities to focus play to encourage the use of one particular sense”. The PBS (2013-2015) also recommend that “spending time stimulating children’s senses aids the children to develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively” (PBS 2013-2015). Duffy (2004, p, 1) stated that children are “being creative when they use materials in new ways, combine previously unconnected materials and make discoveries that are new to them, and messy play enables children to do all these