Intentional teaching means that play zones and activities are designed to provide learning opportunities that build on to a child’s already existing knowledge. The children here are experimenting with bubbles.
“What is now undeniably clear in the 21st century is that play is essential, vital, critical, and fundamental to a child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Without adequate, healthy play, children run the risk of entering school unprepared, growing into teens and adults without needed skills, and failing to meet their potential. “
Is this just play? Actually, Robert and Cecilia are learning early math concepts through the use of this weights and balance activity.
The two children here are demonstrating surprise over the result of their experiments with the materials provided for them: water, soap, ropes and pulleys.
“Through joyful, healthy play, children begin a love of learning and prepare for life itself.”
Katherine Generaux, Community Inclusion