Uninterrupted Play

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Providing Uninterrupted Play
Setting aside 20 minutes of uninterrupted play, is not yet a part of my teaching strategy. While I do understand the importance of play, due to academic rigor and district mandates, I this important time has not be factored into the daily schedule. Young children need uninterrupted time of play, and this time should remain a childhood activity instead of part of a structured lesson plan (Bodrova & Leong, 2015). “In Vygotsky's view, it is one of the accomplishments of the preschool years that children overcome their impulsive, reactive behavior (i.e., their "knee-jerk" response to the environment) and thus become capable of intentional behavior, an accomplishment critical for the development of higher mental
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This is an area that I will be more intentional to support my students’ learning. The work of A. Jean Ayres, is credited with the development of sensory integration (Kanics, 2010). Per Ayers’ theory on sensory integration, sensory processing refers to taking in information through the senses (Thompson & Raisor, 2013). Through sensory play, a young child makes sense of, and masters his or her world (Kanics, 2010).
Marie Montessori believed a child becomes acquainted with his environment, and intelligence is developed when he is being allowed to manipulate his environment (Thomas & Rainor, 2013). Children must have opportunities to use all five senses, and sensory play can help a child build vocabulary and understand language (Thomas & Rainor, 2013). According to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, children learn through various stages, with the first being the sensorimotor stage (Thomas & Rainor, 2013). During this stage, children birth to 2 years gain knowledge through sensory experiences and manipulating their environment (Kanics, 2010). Engaging in play that promotes sensory development is vital for all children. Providing tactical experiences, and opportunities to interact with various sensory toys throughout the day promotes a child’s the development (Kanics, 2010). Sensory play feeds the brain;
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In collaboration with my team, I am researching activities to promoted sensory development. A water table, and sand table will be requested for the upcoming school year. Playdough is now provided not only for structured activities, but for free play as well. These activities are beneficial to all children, including children with disabilities (Kanics, 2010). Through engaging their senses, a child’s learning is enhanced (Thomas & Raisor,
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