Recess and playtime are under attack. Did you know that breaktime or recess isn’t avaliable for all children in many countries? That was shocking news to me.There’s not enough time to do academics AND recess in many places. Is this really true? Meg Rosker share how to be an effective advocate for play by being informed and collaborating with others in this weeks show.
Meg Rosker writer and play advocate. a mom to three kids, former public school teacher and former Teach For America employee she has seen first hand the devastating effects the loss of play has had on children and families in America. Learn more about her work at Let Children Play
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Note: The words Recess, playtime and breaktime are used interchangeably through today’s show to talk about the time when the whole class of children go out enmass in a group, child directed play. Usually on the playground or field with staff monitoring but not usually directing play.( Do you have a different name for it?)
Meg Rosker’s New YorkTimes article : Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum
- What happens to these under 5s with reduced playtime or recess?
- Recess experiences in Meg’s school.
- Alternative suggestions to suggest to busy teachers with the dilemma of keeping kids in to finish work instead of reducing recess
- Importance of Recess
- What you’d expect to see happening at playtime- good experiences.
- Ideas and approaches to talk to our schools and teachers about playtime without being confrontational.
Janni Nicol Consultant specialising in Steiner Waldorf, Core tutor at the University of Plymouth , and author of Creative play for your toddler Steiner Waldorf Expertise and toy projects 2-4talks about Steiner- Waldorf play a play concept that is becoming more popular. She gives background on the movement, activity ideas and information about how important this style of play concept impacts our 21st Century children in this 29 minute podcast.
00:00 Introduction and Welcome
00:35 Moving with kids. How do you do with play inmind? Pizza bites
03:00 Love hearing about what play is happening with you. Email me. or Voice mail 512 827 0505 x 3998
04:16 Last week Talking Tots. This week Janni Nicol.
05:15 Introduction to Janni Nicol, tutor, consultant and International author of Creative Play for Your Toddler: Steiner Waldorf Expertise and Toy Projects for 2 – 4s
05:45: How would you recognise Steiner Waldorf play? What is it?
08:35 What type of play activities and toys would you expect to see in a Steiner home for your baby?
11:15 Examples of games you would play with your child
11:50 Treasure basket play: Learn how to set up your own
14:00 When do you start formal schooling?
14:30 Different play at different ages.It is important how children play with each other at different ages. Very different when child and adult plays together and child to child plays.
17:25 Imitation is important. Adults need to be worthy of imitation.
18:48 Whatever you do. Do it properly. Start and all the way to the end to see it completed and accurately.
20:39 Collecting the materials with your child and making it together is part of the fun of play in the Steiner-Waldorf approach
22:00 Educational toys have a very different effect on children.
22:31 Judy Johnston: Tessy and Tab
Weekly find: KaBoom playdays
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