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Day 25 - Start With The Child

Day 25 - Start With The Child

Have you ever had a brilliant idea an activity but your child showed no interest?

Have you played a game which you hoped would be fun but your child needed so much support that all momentum was lost.

What went wrong?

You didn't start with the child.

You know, of course, that you have to find something that sparks their imagination. But an activity can't be successful unless it's also at the right level. This is a subtle thing. A small gap in their knowledge can render a seemingly simple activity impossible.

This is one of the reasons I'm against a lot of those Pinterest-friendly activities where the adult has decided what the final outcome is going to be. A paper-plate face where the hair and eyes have to be positioned just so; a tissue-paper mosaic which is only right if you copy the one in the photo. These activities take no account of what the child would like to do and there is often a step that is beyond their capabilities. Having an adult anxiously hovering over you, correcting your mistakes and chiding you for your lack of care is guaranteed to kill your enthusiasm.

Far better to offer the same materials but allow your child to decide the final outcome. A paper plate and some collage materials might become something far more creative and unexpected, but no less of a learning experience.

It can be fun to try out a pre-determined craft activity, especially at Halloween and Christmas. Just don't get too attached to the finished product.


Here's the rest of the series:


Day 1 - Theories of Development

Day 2 - Stages of Play

Day 3 - Play is Multisensory

Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Day 5 - The Zone of Proximal Development

Day 6 - Heuristic Play

Day 7 - Spot the Difference

Day 8 - Sorting

Day 9 - Schemas

Day 10 - Ask good questions

Day 11 - Conservation

Day 12 - Seriation

Day 13 - Observation

Day 14 - Set a good example

Day 15 - Fewer toys = more focus

Day 16 - The Hundred Languages of Children

Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Day 18 - Practical life

Day 19 - Free-flow play

Day 20 - Executive functions

Day 21 - Spaced repetition

Day 22 - Independent play

Day 23 - Project-based Learning

Day 24 - The Environment As The Third Teacher

Day 25 - Start With The Child

Day 26 - Symbolic Play

Day 27 - Learning To Write

Day 28 - Blocks: the indispensable toy

Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

Day 30 - Play


September 05, 2018 By Alexis Ralphs

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