Playing to Learn: An Oldie but a Goodie
I came across this cartoon a few years ago and it continues to have a powerful effect on me regarding the necessity of play in early childhood. I cannot find the original source of the cartoon to give it the proper credit it deserves but I did find it was now being used on the Learn Quebec website. It has also been a popular resource used in all of my Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Additional Qualification courses in Kindergarten.
Take a look at the cartoon and see what resonates with you. Perhaps it has given you a better idea about the concept of play-based learning. I want to add that the educators’ roles in a play-based program are critical. This isn’t a ‘free play’ program but a program that utilizes purposefully planned play experiences to engage children and shape their learning in meaningful and authentic ways. As children play, the educators observe, interact with the children, extend and expand their learning and draw out ‘big ideas’ from the curriculum.
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Letter Formation Poems
These letter formation poems have been used by many Kindergarten teachers over the years and I’m not quite sure where they originated. If you’re looking for some poems to assist children who need extra help with their fine motor and/or printing abilities, try some of these out. Be selective and differentiate depending on children’s strengths and needs. In other words, pick and choose the ones the children really need – the poems that go with letters that the children tend to forget. For instance, many children mix up “b”/”d”/”q”/”p”. They may also forget to start their letters from the top and need a friendly reminder. Use them only if you feel they would be helpful. Avoid using them for every child, since not all children need this kind of help and guidance.
A – Pull down twice from the point to the top. Add a seat to view the apple crop.
a – First make a round apple to eat, then a slide for an ant when he’s finished his treat!
B – Big old B has a tall straight back and two big bellies ’cause he just ate a snack!
b – Draw a straight back just like me. Don’t forget to add a belly for b.