Play based learning. Fostering creativity and innovation through play

Education does not need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions. ~Sir Ken Robinson

K4 Punta Chica Kindergarten.

Description of the Project

Maria Silvina Dietsch, Romina Porcelli

This year, in our K4 groups, we decided to work on enriching the activities we propose  to our young pupils in CENTRES  taking into account a developmentally appropriate practice  (DAP), children´s interests, children´s choices ,greater variety of sensorial play and  contact with nature.

What did we do?

  • Classroom environment. We made  changes  in the classroom physical environment in order to allow  children to move around independently. We felt we had to make the room less cluttered  and we opened up our classroom to the corridor.
  • Informative Meeting .We made some changes in our first informative meeting. The parents were invited to start playing and to make a choice according to their preferences- puzzles, construction, ,etc.After a short period of play, in which they all seemed to enjoy to the full, the parents were able to come up with some reflections, such as some of the feelings that the children experience while they play, that is not always as easy as it seems, and some considerations about developmental areas. We discussed the Importance of play, along with the WHY behind our dedication to providing a play-based learning environment for our pupils and asked them to give the children opportunities of open ended play at home.
  • Time table. We decided to organize our time table so we could a have a long period of free play (Child Centered ) every morning  during Centres.
  • Facilitating children’s play : Setting up “Centres. Adding on to traditional centres, this year we made  sure to  provide a sufficient variety of materials to stimulate different kinds of child centred play through the different “Centres”, blocks and construction toys for cognitive development; sand, mud, water, clay, paint, and other open- ended materials for sensory play, dress-up clothes and props for pretend play.We gave a wide range of activities for the children to practise fine motor coordination. We also provided loose parts for play, both indoors and outdoors, and encouraged children to manipulate the environment to support their play.

 

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Categories: Kindergarten, Professional Development Contest 2014

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