During this two-day session, participants develop child-directed activities that stimulate physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Participants investigate strategies for developing creative and stimulating centers that invite exploration and investigation using a rich variety of materials and include appropriate challenges and opportunities to stimulate imagination. Participants learn to structure centers that promote sustained play, positive social interaction, and language development while providing meaningful opportunities for choice. Center development during the session includes the areas of language literacy, English acquisition, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, physical education, and health.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Understand the importance and significance of play.
• Utilize the significance of play to create relationship-based, child-centered centers.
• Understand how the organization and management of play environments directly affect behavior, achievement, and self-esteem.
• Identify developmentally appropriate materials for each center to promote scaffolded learning.
Pre-K Educators, Instructional Assistants
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30
NUMBER OF DAYS: 2