Week of the Young Child: Work Together Wednesday
In play, children work together to change the rules to meet the situation they face, which is a powerful social experience. Joan Almon
A focus in early childhood classrooms is offering support and opportunities for children to work together. They are learning to interact with each other in ways that are positive and supportive. These experiences build upon social-emotional skills that promote readiness for school success such as developing relationships, solving social problems and building communication skills.
At Nashold Early Childhood Center, Katrina Vargas’ class works together in the block area. Here’s what Katrina said about working together:
“In my in-person class, opportunities to work together safely is at the center of the learning experiences we plan. Our block area is one of our most popular areas in our classroom and there is constant collaboration going on with various types of materials. Students make plans for what they want to build and how they want to build it. Then they show initiative and self-direction by bringing their plan to life. Lots of communication and problem solving happens during this process as students navigate working together to accomplish their goals.”
Katie Taylor is teaching students remotely at Nashold and has found that collaboration with families supports the children learning at home:
“Working together with families has played a major role in making sure our students are learning in our remote class. Teachers, parents, students, as well as grandparents and daycare staff have all stayed in communication about the specific challenges and opportunities for creating learning environments, understanding the technology used, and supporting students as they work through assigned activities each day.
During a lesson about friendship, a family reached out with concerns about social interaction with peers and minimal experience with creating friendships. We worked together to find opportunities for him to apply skills like sharing toys, taking turns while playing games, and having imaginative and collaborative play with others. Families have learned to be both their child’s teacher and peer to best help their child learn!”
Interested in learning more about RPS 205 Early Childhood opportunities for children birth to age 5? Visit rps205.com/enroll/early-childhood or call the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office at 815-229-2103.
This blog post is part of a series celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to focus public attention on early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities.
Hillary Cook-Harris is the Director of Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment. Hillary joined RPS 205 in November 2019 after relocating from Michigan. She has been an Early Childhood educator and director for more than 25 years.
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