On this page you will find the link to your 'weekly plan' this will also be emailed to you each week. Throughout the weeks I will also add links and ideas to access via tapestry.
Please add what you get up to at home to tapestry for me to see what you get up to and I will comment.
Please note that play is vital to a child's learning outcomes and is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. It helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of their own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Because it's fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing.
Play is very important to a child's development; it is an integral part of a child's Early Years Foundation Stage and supports their learning journey too. Young children can develop many skills through the power of play. They may develop their language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills. Play helps to nurture imagination and give a child a sense of adventure. Through this, they can learn essential skills such as problem solving, working with others, sharing and much more.
In turn, this helps them develop the ability to concentrate. Providing children with a range of playthings will help them learn in a number of ways:
It's important that learning is fun at this age. It needs to be about doing things with them that they like. They might find unusual ways of doing things — for a toddler, building blocks aren't just for making towers, and paint can be used without a brush! Show them how things work, but if they want to experiment, let them. Children learn through all their senses through taste, touch, vision, hearing and smelling. They will watch those around them and copy language and behaviour.
Don't push your child too hard.. You can also encourage reading, by reading to and with them. Look at the pictures together; this will help younger children make sense of the words.
It's also good to talk to them a lot, about everyday things while you are cooking or cleaning. This will give you a chance to teach them how things work and they will be able to ask you questions. Get ready for lots of "why's?"
Setting the scene
Anyone who spends any amount of time with young children understands that providing them with opportunities for play provides so much more than a few minutes or hours of 'fun'. Play also allows children to relax, let off steam, develop social skills such as concentration and co-operation, encourages the development of the imagination, develops motor skills and teaches self expression.
Adults have a role within the play by making time and space available with the relevant resources. Think about creating play ideas that help support and extend learning and development.
Role play is essential to a child's social (or emotional) development and can play a large part in their physical development too. Children make sense of the world in which they live by acting out situations before they happen and by copying what they see around them. Pretend (or dramatic) play contributes to a child's emotional development as they learn to see life from a different viewpoint and allows them to 'trial' situations before they happen.
Most children are naturally imaginative and will happily talk away to someone on their toy phone or drive the sofa to the shops, and this creativity should be actively encouraged! This type of play also develops children's imaginations which are closely linked to intellectual development.
Outdoor play and exploration
Encouraging your young child to explore outdoor play is extremely beneficial and necessary for their development. Outdoor play helps them to learn lots about the ever changing environment and gives them the opportunity to use their whole body and develop their gross motor skills. It can meet their multi-sensory needs and can give them a love for the outdoors. Whether it is messy play, creative or role play, it is an essential part of learning.
So, if all your do is 'play' during the weeks ahead look at all the wonderful learning that will take place.
Parents, the weeks ahead may throw challenges your way and the next few months will be hard. Please know that I will support you along the way. If you have any questions/comments please do not hesitate to contact me via email or tapestry.