One of my missions is to reclaim children’s right to learn through play.
But how can we balance the pressure to be the sage on the stage and ensure children have desired experiences…AND be the guide on the side…or what I like to term, an ideal play partner?
It’s a good question…
Most of us believe in the power of play…but feel conflicted in how we spend our time with children.
This tug-of-war is real…and it’s due to one of the biggest paradoxes in early care and education, which is the charge to intentionally teach while allowing children to be immersed in sustained periods of time.
How do we do both?
To make thing even more complicated, there are times when we are a willing and able play partner, but the child isn’t all that interested in playing with us, the child plays in a repetitive way that feel “non-functional”, or the child starts to play with other children, only to things escalate to the point of a knock down drag out fight over a lego?!?
How can we be a good play partner in these situations?
Here’s what will help!
- Learn to be a play partner – watch is video guide, which was originally developed for families, yet is helpful for any adult who wants to be a better play partner [YouTube video]
- Help children, including those with autism develop social reciprocity – learn Barb Avila’s six steps to being a better play partner [YouTube video]
- Help children stay in the green zone by “teaching before the peak” – watch this training guide on how [YouTube video]
Want even more solutions?
- Help others better understand the power of play by sharing this infographic [request free download]
- Stay inspired by reading quotes from our e-book on the power of play [pdf]
- Learn about the concept of shared control during play with autism expert Barb Avila [YouTube video]
Looking for even more solutions? Contact me and we can discuss other resources I have on the power of play, opportunities for me to host a webinar for your team/district, and or to have me speak at your next professional development event.