Children first learn to listen, to speak, to sing, to enjoy rhymes, stories, and books before they can read or write. What we often forget is that this foundation in oral language is a critical step in developing literacy.
Role play is how children make sense of their world, acting out experiences, ideas or stories. Here’s how role play can incorporate all seven EYFS areas of learning and development.
In this fourth article of the Model for Living series we explore play and playfulness, which are key dynamics in early childhood development.
Are we really willing to let fantasy play disappear from our early years settings?
You can welcome children to the home corner by making it as much like children’s real homes as possible.
Three-year-old Jared busily packs several large purses full of play food and clothes, dons an oversized sport jacket, picks up some keys, and announces, "I'm going to the store. Do you want to come?"
Children’s surroundings provide a world for exploration, discovery, and enjoyment. Playing is what young children spend most of their time doing.