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Play and Children's Learning

Play and Children's Learning
Browse this selection of articles on play based learning from Young Children and Teaching Young Children. Assessing and Scaffolding Make Believe Play: Mature make-believe play provides unique learning opportunities Read more » Chopsticks and Counting Chips: Play and foundational skills don’t need to compete for the teacher's attention Read more » Playdough - What's Standard about It? Block Building and Make-Believe for Every Child: Encouraging boys and girls to try out the learning centers they don’t usually visit Read more » Block Off Time for Learning: When children play with blocks, they learn math, literacy, social skills and so much more Read more» Recess—It’s Indispensable: Test scores do not improve when recess is cut Read more » Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best?

Research and Advocacy | Alliance for Childhood The Mud Kitchen - A Recipe for marvellous Outdoor play Hello lovely blog visitors. Welcome! I am sharing the newest edition to Dimples out door play area today. The awesome and totally messy mud kitchen. The best recipe for engaging children in messy, active, outdoor learning is with mud. Here is the DIY mud kitchen that we built for Dimples in a few hours using recycled materials. The mud kitchen is built from off cuts of wood that I painted with chalk board paint, they're butted in to a old sink that came from a wrecked caravan, you could grab one from the wreckers or the buy back at the tip. Nearby I have up cycled an old sand pit as a mud pit. How awesome, an endless supply of mud on hand for hours and hours of messy outdoor play. For more outdoor play ideas you may like Happy Outdoor Adventures.

Babies track word patterns long before word-learning starts From the moment they're born, babies are highly attuned to communicate and motivated to interact. And they're great listeners. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that during the first year of life, when babies spend so much time listening to language, they're actually tracking word patterns that will support their process of word- learning that occurs between the ages of about 18 months and two years. "Babies are constantly looking for language clues in context and sound," says Jill Lany, assistant professor of psychology and director of Notre Dame's baby lab, where she conducts studies on how babies acquire language. "My research suggests that there are some surprising clues in the sound stream that may help babies learn the meanings of words. Lany's studies show that babies as young as 12 months can identify "adjacent relationships" in which a phrase or sound like "it's a" occurs immediately before an object.

Global Summit Collaborating Organizations November 13, 2013 The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is pleased to have the collaboration of some wonderful organizations for the 2014 Global Summit on Childhood. Each of these organizations was selected by ACEI because of its strong commitment to children's rights and well-being. The Alliance for Childhood is a research and advocacy organization that promotes policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. The British Columbia Aboriginal Child Care Society was established in 1995 to help Aboriginal communities develop high-quality, integrated, community-based child care services that uphold their traditional values, culture, language, and history. The School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria provides education, training, professional development, and research for the care and support of children, youth, families, and their communities. Th

Ms. Conway's Kindergarten Website: About Play-Based Learning It has long been known that there is a strong link between play and learning. Children are full of natural curiosity and they explore this curiosity through play. When kids are playing, it's the perfect time to learn. Play teaches kids how to problem solve, how to make friends, how to express themselves, how to enjoy the world around them, and how to recognize letters and numbers. All of these skills form the foundation of a love of learning. In the kindergarten program, teachers structure play to create learning moments. Both child-initiated free play and more structured play-based learning opportunities are integral parts of the early learning classroom. As children move naturally from noticing and wondering about the objects and events around them to exploring, observing, and questioning in a more focused way, the teacher helps them develop and extend their inquiry process.

Raising Bilingual Kids -- Does foreign language learning promote Recently, as I was dropping my son off at daycare, one of his teachers welcomed him with an enthusiastic “Buongiorno!” to which he replied, “Buongiorno, Pia!” with perfect Italian pronunciation. I joined in as they went back and forth with a few greetings, but there was no doubt that he was able to pull off a much more authentic accent than I could. At two years old, my son (like all kids his age) is absorbing language at a breakneck pace. As a result, many parents attempt to raise their children bi- (or even tri-) lingually, either by speaking a different language at home or having a foreign language spoken by a care provider. These days most experts agree that the developing mind can easily handle the double input. Two Languages Challenge the Brain – in a Good Way In fact, there’s reason to think that learning two languages could increase certain critical brain functions. It’s unclear exactly how the edge in executive functions could impact a bilingual kids’ lifelong learning.

:: Collaborating Organizations for 2014 Global Summit on Childhood Announced You won't want to miss any of the presentations at this inspirational, international conference. Reserve your hotel room soon, as space is limited. Obtain information about travel options, program format, passport and visa requirements, and registration for the 2014 Global Summit on Childhood here. The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is pleased to have the collaboration of some wonderful organizations for the 2014 Global Summit on Childhood. Each of these organizations was selected by ACEI because of its strong commitment to children's rights and well-being. The Canadian Association for Community Living is a family-based association assisting people with intellectual disabilities and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. ACEI is so pleased to be working with these dedicated, committed organizations.

let the children play The Nest - Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Latest Nest newsWhat is The Nest action agenda?How is The Nest being used? Latest Nest news Prevention, early intervention, evidence and a commitment to the child at the centre of all policy underpin bold reforms detailed in Australia's first ever national plan for child and youth wellbeing, known as The Nest action agenda, which was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 18 November. The Nest action agenda facilitated by ARACY and its 3000 members, in collaboration with Bupa Health Foundation (BHF) – is the culmination of almost three years' work by leading thinkers, service providers and advocates who were motivated by evidence showing our children and youth are lagging behind across key international health and wellbeing indicators. We recently sought your feedback and support of The Nest action agenda (summary document) through a survey (read a summary of the survey findings). What is the The Nest action agenda? How is The Nest being used? Phone ARACY on 02 6248 2400 Read more:

Families and Teachers as Partners / Browse Our Publications / Publications & Resources This Early Childhood Digest, produced by the National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education of the Office of Educational Research and Development in the U.S. Department of Education, is based on Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) materials, New Skills for New Schools. About This Series These one-page digests focus on ways that families and schools can work together to help young children learn and grow. They are targeted for parents and practitioners alike. Children, families, and schools all benefit when families and teachers work together. What Can Families Do to Work Better With Schools? What is my relationship like with my young child's teacher or caregiver? How Can Teachers and Families Work Together? About families—who they are and what they want for their young child. Research on how teachers learn to work with families shows good examples of families and teachers as partners and the important role that families play. Free.

Global Children's Initiative In an explicit effort to build an integrated international approach to child survival, health, and development in the earliest years of life, the Center on the Developing Child has launched the Global Children’s Initiative as the centerpiece of its global child health and development agenda. Global Children's Initiative Fact Sheet: Mission & Activities (PDF) >> The Center’s commitment to global work represents both an acknowledgement of moral responsibility to meet the needs of all children and a critical investment in the roots of economic productivity, positive health outcomes, and strong civil society in all nations, from the poorest to the most affluent. One essential, cross-cutting aspect of the Center’s approach is its commitment to work collaboratively across disciplines and institutions, drawing together the best and most creative expertise available to achieve the Initiative’s goals. early childhood development; child mental health; andchildren in crisis and conflict situations.

CSEFEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Promoting Social and Emotional Competence: These modules were designed based on input gathered during focus groups with program administrators, T/TA providers, early educators, and family members about the types and content of training that would be most useful in addressing the social-emotional needs of young children. The content of the modules is consistent with evidence-based practices identified through a thorough review of the literature. Preschool Modules (English and Spanish Versions) Infant Toddler Modules (click here for Spanish versions) Modules last updated: May 2006 View Module Archive for Modules from 2003. Click here to see the Teaching Pyramid Article View Ordering Information (PDF)