Early childhood educators tell me a lot of stories when I keynote or train. And since I’ve been speaking and training for almost four decades, you can imagine just how many stories there have been. Lately, though, I keep hearing the same three stories from teachers throughout the country.
In early simple dramatic play, children begin to represent concrete actions they have done themselves such as eating their dinner, or seen others do such as driving a car. Moving into more complex socio-dramatic play, however, brings additional cognitive challenges that further develop thinking...
In this fourth article of the Model for Living series we explore play and playfulness, which are key dynamics in early childhood development.
For two-year-olds, physical learning and development is closely connected to all other aspects of development and learning.
Kindergarten is a time for the full flowering of the imaginations of children, the time for “mature role play” as an engine of mental and social-emotional development.
We expect three-year-olds to behave like elementary-aged children, then wonder why we see “behaviors” in them. Sometimes I wish we could go back to the days when children didn’t start school until age five, and then only in the mornings.
"It amazes me how quickly and how often we forget that we are embodied, that we see the world the way we do because we live in these bodies."
- Sir Ken Robinson (2012)
Physical development in young children is about the emergence of a robust sense of self along with awareness of self,...
Outdoor play also enables children to enjoy the natural environment and learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and activity.