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ERIC Number: EJ898678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Experiences with an Outdoor Prop Box: Addressing Standards during Recess
Hanvey, Celeste Elaine
Young Children, v65 n1 p30-33 Jan 2010
When educators take play out of schools, children learn to separate play from learning. In reality, children access learning "through" play. Despite research efforts to promote the academic, physical, and cognitive importance of play in the lives of children, some school systems have reduced or eliminated playtime for young children. In order to enhance academic performance without sacrificing outdoor playtime, education professionals can take indoor learning outdoors. This article describes the author's experience in creating and introducing an outdoor prop box for kindergartners in a small urban school. The outdoor prop box experience not only enabled the children to practice and extend academic skills they were learning indoors, but also enhanced their social skills, another learning standard teachers are expected to address in kindergarten. The author offers some simple things to consider when creating an outdoor prop box experience for children. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills