Learning Through Play Program Proposal By:Jeelisa Antrobus

Description of Program

Video Describes Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development.

The Learning(L.T.P) Through Play program will help children learn through playing in various activities as seen in the video. Children first learn through playing, it is up to the caregiver to help guide the child to reach their full potential of learning. Learning through play is an approach that focuses on incorporating play into education .It utilizes children's curiosity and need for exploration as a medium for learning. In the program we will guide your child to use the appropriate toys to encourage learning in an environment that is both safe and which provides easy access to toys, books and nature. Children will have guidance throughout play to ensure that they are on the right track.

In our program we plan to follow Lev Vygotsky's theory of learning through play through language development and play, the social interaction of play develops cognition and problem solving skills and Play. Regulation /self-control helps child’s cognitive process such as memory and thought. This will help your child to learn colours, number, and image recognition. The social interaction of play develops cognition by the development, it first takes place socially. As children learn from imitating what they see and caregivers should guide them, correct them and provide challenges while children progress. Lastly, problem solving skills and Play , Zone of Proximal Development Children perform differently when they are alone and are accompanied with another child or adult. Scaffolding Helps bridge the difference between a child's current level of problem-solving and his potential for more complex problem solving.

Rationale

Learning Through Play program is important as the educator is responsible for creating an environment that encourages play. Physical elements should be chosen carefully in order to encourage learning through play. For example, providing comfortable bean chairs would encourage children to sit for a longer time allowing them to get them to get the most out of the play material. Vygotsky believes imaginative play is essential to cognitive development (due to our busy lives this is becoming endangered). As children today are watching television or other forms of media this prevents imaginative play, allowing children to develop the language and reasoning skills that are so critical to early childhood development.

Eligibility: Who can take part in the program?

The Learning Through Play program is encourages parents to enroll their children who are in the tender years of development to provide a rich environment for development. We cater to a wide range of children from 0 to 12 years,but are focused on the early years of development in children.

Here is an image exerted from the Lev Vygotsky demonstration video above.

Orientation: how long is the program?

The learning through play program is all year round as parents work all year. Our program Begins in September alongside the beginning of the school year. When classes begin in September students will have a day where they are introduced to their teachers and helpers in an interactive game (game varies to age group of children).

‘A context for learning through which children organize and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations.' (DEEWR, 2009, p. 46).

Educational Program: how will children learn through play?

Sometimes individual children like to play alone and sometimes they enjoy playing with others. We will help guide them in these areas listed below to ensure their maximum potential of learning.

  • Solitary play – The child plays alone.
  • Spectator play – The child watches others playing without joining in.
  • Parallel play – The child plays side by side with another child, often with similar materials, but without interacting.
  • Associative/partnership play – Children begin to play together, developing interactions through doing the same activities or playing with similar equipment or by imitating.
  • Co-operative play – Children interact, take turns, share and decide how and what to play. They collaborate, develop, and negotiate ideas for their play. As babies, toddlers and young children learn and develop their play with others becomes increasingly intricate and complex. Where do children play?

Children will be taught through music, art, sports, nature, words and numbers. They will explore different levels of play with the resources they use. Children will get opportunities to actively construct their own knowledge and understanding of the world through the many different experiences they may encounter. Multi-sensory experiences through open-ended and hands-on experiences which arise from children’s innate curiosity build concepts, test their ideas, and find things out. Children will use what they know in throughout their highlights of play as the importance of play is the context where children bring together their current understandings and combine, refine, and explore their ideas in imaginative ways.

Teachers and helpers will reinforce through the role of play in enabling children to follow their interests and initiate activities. Through their play, children can seek challenges, develop a ‘can do’ attitude, be open to taking risks in new experiences, and develop an attitude that views failures not as setbacks, but as learning opportunities. We do not specify particular ages or stages to development of learning characteristics. We use do not do summative assessments to judge the extent to which they have been demonstrated, As Children are learning goals for the characteristics at their own pace and if their is concerns we will speak with the caregiver or request them to see a specialist or physician for further evaluation.

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