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Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Alexis Ralphs Sep 13 • 7 min read

Do you ever ask your child what they plan to do today? What they will play with? Which materials they will use? What they hope to achieve?

Simply by asking these questions, you help imbue your child's play with a sense of purpose. They become more focused and stay on-task for longer.

That's not to say that they have to stick with their chosen activity for the whole session, only that they have to start it.

Asking children how they plan to spend their day is a feature of the High/Scope approach, a preschool programme developed in the States. It's well worth looking up if you get the chance.

The counterpart to planning is the review.

How did the play go? Did you make the thing you planned to? Was it a success? What would you do differently next time?

Can you see how drawing your child's attention to their play helps them to be more intentional about their choices and can dramatically increase the amount they learn?

Give it a try today. Keep it light-hearted. There's no need for a 20-minute mission debrief. Just a couple of questions are all you need to get started.

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

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