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The Academy Awards were held Sunday night.
Not that anyone (besides me) took note in our household.
I personally don’t mind a little celebrity indulgence now and then, and have a little bit of fun catching up on what people are wearing, who’s saying what, and quite honestly, figuring out what movies actually came out in the past year, as I certainly haven’t gotten around to seeing anything in a theater for far too long.
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Just a quick thought for today:
Play is powerful. It’s the process of authentic learning in action. Children play with new ideas, with social rules, and with just about any random item they can get their hands on. It’s an on-going process of questioning, exploring, and experimenting.
Horton Hears a Who is a Dr. Seuss classic, with revived interest from the younger generation thanks to Hollywood. This story is a great tale of the commitment and unselfishness of Horton, and the importance of cooperation and individual contribution from the Who’s.
It reiterates the famous line, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” That’s something every young child can appreciate! Reading this story also incorporates some fantastic language components including new vocabulary, such as “shirking” and “keen”, and as always, Dr. Seuss’ rhymes are great for building phonemic awareness! Use this story in conjunction with teaching social skills, while doing a Dr. Seuss author study, or as part of a zoo or jungle theme.
I am a passionate believer in play as the best method for teaching young children. And sometimes, the kids teach me a little something through play as well!
Part of a play-based learning philosophy is having materials that will invite the child to play with concepts and ideas. So, being the nut for play and learning that I am, I have shelves and drawers and pockets full of these kinds of materials. A simple material that’s been getting some increased attention from my kids lately is a container full of dice.
How do I get my kids to play independently?
It almost seems like a silly question at first. I mean, kids are programed to play, right?
But many factors that are commonplace in childhood today are making it difficult for many kids to sustain independent play. Distractions, over-scheduling, and the disappearance of play from many early childhood environments are leaving some kids with little experience to draw from when it comes to directing their own play.