One of the paradoxes of Pre-K (i.e., the rub we feel between DAP and rigor) is how to be intentional while following children’s lead.
How do we create intentional learning opportunities while allowing children long periods of self-directed and sustained play?
One solution is to use embedding schedules.
Click here for video with an overview of embedding schedules as the solution for intentional teaching through play (13:04).
- Additional videos on embedding schedules
Directions for a Make’n Take Activity
- Watch this video (19:12) on how to make embedding schedules
- Decide if you want to make an embedding schedule to teach common outcomes, targeted or individualized outcomes
- Decide and define your outcomes and put them across the top of your matrix
- Identify your daily schedule, including routines within routines
- At the intersect (where an outcome meets an activity) decide how you will teach/support learning
- Suggestions on “how” to teach
Resources Needed for the Activity
- Option 1: Teaching Common Outcomes
- Sample Big Ideas for Early Learning Glossary™ [pdf]
- Option 2: Teaching Targeted Outcomes
- Option 3: Teaching Individualized Outcomes
Other Embedding Related Resources