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sonyavaliente
38:29
When they are playing with pretend weapons, do you let them do that?
Randa Dahshe
45:04
we believe that self initiated inquiry will happen through play based learning
Karen Kohler
45:57
play for us involves a lot of nature materils, and at the moment I have ALL boys and they spend a lot of time using art materils
Randa Dahshe
48:10
our school is an IB PYP school and we are trying our best to authentic inquiries and that really needs lots of free play
Courtney Bitto
48:53
My forest school hasn't opened yet, but part of my daily schedule is going to be Exploration and Discovery time. What
Randa Dahshe
48:58
* to have authentic
Karen Kohler
49:12
its their social emotional learning!
kahdez
49:18
How to handle violence in the play?
p000
50:00
and bad guys playing
kahdez
50:26
yes that is what we do!
Karen Kohler
50:39
bad guys are powerful!
Karen Kohler
51:24
I have a great book called "Super Hero Joe" that helps in this play
Courtney Bitto
51:48
What I am planning on doing is after this Exploration and Discovery time, having a sharing session where children can talk about what they observed and learned. I want the children to be very involved and to share their ideas and really feel they have ownership of the program.
DEVON's iPad
51:49
I don’t allow gun play at school but other weapons are ok
Karen Kohler
57:20
It's important for us to be able to show through documentation, the learning that is happening! But also have the knowledge and educational foundation to talk about their learning.
Randa Dahshe
57:33
this point is the most stressful thing.. teachers will always worry about academics.. phonics..reading and even writing!
Courtney Bitto
58:41
I believe the academic elements are important too, but can definitely be integrated into play. I am also a credentailed elementary teacher and I know how rigorous the Kindergarten and elementary school curriculum are. Not only are the skills themselves important, but so is the self-confidence and motivation that comes along with having these skills. When I taught preschool, I integrated academic skills into play in a fun, non-stressful way.
erinrhyne
01:00:36
Ha! That is so funny that you said that about what words you use to talk about time. My son wakes up every morning and says “is it play time, Mommy?” Everything that isn’t nap time or meal time he calls “play time”
p000
01:07:24
I add many art and play based program in my academic program, they learn it so fast and it's easier to understand.
Karen Kohler
01:08:48
Have you heard of Concious Competency?
Dawn Chung
01:09:30
does that include on a playground?
erinrhyne
01:09:56
Our Schedule has a one hour block of indoor play and then a one hour block of outdoor play in the morning between breakfast/lunch and then we do the same 2 blocks in the afternoon after nap
Courtney Bitto
01:10:14
How do you feel about weekly themes?
Courtney Bitto
01:11:41
Do you think weekly themes are too structured and teacher driven, rather than child driven?
Dawn Chung
01:12:31
(you answered my question)
Courtney Bitto
01:13:40
I have some themes that I am thinking of using, but I also would like to ask the children what themes would interest them.
Courtney Bitto
01:15:01
I think you just answered my question!
erinrhyne
01:15:23
I use themes but they are flexible. They are scheduled to change every 2 weeks but I follow their interests in when we switch.
Karen Kohler
01:15:59
We have been studying color and trains for 10 weeks now!
Courtney Bitto
01:16:08
That's exactly what I am thinking about doing Erin!
erinrhyne
01:17:31
I planned a bunch of themes and a tentative schedule but reorganize them and lengthen them as necessary. We just started a Farm theme and they are all SUPER engaged so I am already planning to expand this one to 4 weeks and then reassess.
Karen Kohler
01:22:39
I use a curriculum web and continually add materials as their ideas change.
Courtney Bitto
01:25:19
We are definitely on the same wave length Erin:)
Karen Kohler
01:26:58
I think my role is facilatator...
Randa Dahshe
01:27:20
facilitator
Randa Dahshe
01:27:42
and sometimes observers
erinrhyne
01:30:31
I have a hard time deciding when I should engage and when I should observe - I am always afraid of interrupting their play!
Randa Dahshe
01:30:39
join their playing.. player ..
erinrhyne
01:31:03
yes, they are all between 18-26 months
erinrhyne
01:31:29
got it
Courtney Bitto
01:34:38
When I taught at a preschool, we were given a list of weekly themes, curriuclum, skills, etc. We also all did the letter of the week (which I know you are not a fan of!). I am more of a structured person, so it never really occurred to me that this was not the best approach.
erinrhyne
01:36:31
I feel like every parent in San Francisco wants to hear those buzz words of Montessori, Reggio, Waldorf, and Language Immersion and see “play based” as lower quality
Courtney Bitto
01:36:54
I think sometimes teachers can get caught up in quantity rather than quality! We think we have to get through a long list of topics and skills, so we become conditioned to not be as flexible with planning and scheduling.
erinrhyne
01:38:12
yesss - it’s all about the trust right!? It’s hard to trust that the kids are going to learn what they need to know without us directing it
Karen Kohler
01:40:09
I use Kaymbu and the CA DRDP to document and communicate the learning on a daily basis.
erinrhyne
01:40:37
I use Brightwheel to document and communicate with parents
Courtney Bitto
01:40:59
Erin- It's tough to find that balance and be confident about it.
erinrhyne
01:41:32
absolutely!
Courtney Bitto
01:42:35
I also agree with you about Buzz words- Montessori, Reggio, etc. I'm not even sure parents understand all the different philosophies!
Randa Dahshe
01:42:59
I would know if it it possible to see pictures for the environment and even videos if it is possible
sonyavaliente
01:43:38
I want to buy your book, what is the title?
sonyavaliente
01:45:57
Excited to learn more about it
erinrhyne
01:48:33
Environment questions for next time - what are the best things to include in the environment for toddlers? What are the best open ended things to include for kids who are still putting everything in their mouth...etc.
sonyavaliente
01:48:50
Thank you so much!