ERIC Number: ED406325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Playful Teaching Workshop Sampler. Classroom Play Ideas for Early Childhood Educators.
Based on Piaget's theory "children learn best by doing," play offers a natural way of learning for young children. The "Playful Teaching" Workshop Sampler offers teachers several different movement activities for incorporation into academic classroom curricula. The play ideas were presented at national and regional teaching workshops. The publication concludes with the author's views on why high quality play curricula promote academic readiness for early learners. It is argued that purposeful play provides an effective avenue for advancing sensory and perceptual motor development and allows young children to begin to visualize learning as fun and to see themselves as capable learners. Play addresses the needs of all kinds of learners...the kinesthetic child, the tactile child, the auditory child, and the visual child. Different learning styles are encouraged through the freedom of playful movement activity. This sampler, organized into four sections, shares play ideas relating to: (1) the movement pattern of a snake; (2) the movement pattern of a horse; (3) basic balance concepts; and (4) ball manipulation. Each of the 20 activities provided includes descriptions of both necessary equipment and procedures. (LL)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cognitive Style, Early Childhood Education, Movement Education, Perceptual Development, Physical Activities, Piagetian Theory, Play
Animated Learning Systems, 1110 Cross Creek, Valparaiso, IN 46383-2030 ($8).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children (Peoria, IL, April 20-23, 1994).