(PS1): The Value of Play and the Play Spectrum (2 hours ECE-TRIS credit)
This workshop examines the history of play-based learning and the spectrum of play strategies that support healthy child development through outdoor play. It provides an overview of current research into play while focusing on specific strategies that lead to incremental improvement of outdoor play environments. Participants will learn how to select from among a number of options and strategies as they seek to match their play environments to the philosophies and objectives of their organization. The format for the workshop blends presentations, small and large group discussions and hands-on group activities. The goal is to empower early childhood educators to explore best practices in play-based learning.
- The history of play in early childhood learning.
- An overview of current research in play-based learning and resources for accessing that research
- Outdoor learning environments
- Exploring risk and the benefit of risk in development
- The role of loose parts in play
- Natural materials in play
- Planning natural play spaces
- Be able to describe the spectrum of play
- Identify and know how to navigate two reliable sources for research-based information about the role of play in child development
- Articulate three reasons for the gradual shift away from play-based learning
- Articulate five research-supported reasons for the thoughtful inclusion of play-based strategies in your classroom
- Describe the following terms and how they relate to play based development:
- Loose Parts
- Non-Prescriptive Play Materials
- Natural Materials
- Natural Play Environments
- Participants will be able to differentiate between risk and hazard and be able to explain why the appropriate exploration of risk is a valuable part of child development
- Name three different types of play
- Describe three things that adults can do to support healthy play-based learning for children at home
- Understand how to communicate with parents about the play-based approach to your classroom/school
- Explain how to partner with other teachers and administrators to work toward incremental improvement in your approach to play
- Use photographs to provide constructive criticism regarding play environments
How does this training relate to early childhood education?
As educators explore the expanding research into the value of outdoor play environments for healthy child development, there is an increased desire to reimagine the possibilities for existing play spaces. This workshop provides educators with a broad background while also focusing on specific examples and easy-to-accomplish first steps in improving play environments.
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