Zone Of Proximal Development

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Age of children: 3-6 years Group characteristics: There are boys and girls attending this childcare service between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. These children are all full time in the childcare service, they attend Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm In this childcare service there are multiple children from different ethnic backgrounds for example there are children from African, Indian, Chinese and Polish backgrounds. They are learning most of their English language from the children in the service helping them out and asking them to play with them. There were children of different abilities within the service. There is one child who is in a wheelchair and needs space to move without obstacles in their way. Another child…show more content…
He also believed that play allows children to develop the skills of dealing with real life situations. Vygotsky developed a theory called the “Zone of Proximal Development”” and scaffolding. The Zone of Proximal Development is a stage of development where a child can perform with the help and guidance of others but not yet independently. Scaffolding is linked with the zone of proximal development. It is a support mechanism that helps a learner to successfully perform a task within his/hers zone of proximal…show more content…
(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. It’s important that children feel like they belong and are included in the role play, by using the themes of Aistear this can be
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