in the dirt and plant seeds, plastic fruits they could sort by color, plastic animals of all sorts, real animals in cages that could look at, wooden building blocks, small puppet gloves that were the size of the children’s hands, a wooden play set they could climb and explore, a white board to color on, books, a piano, and even more toys and activities I couldn’t notice from where I was observing. As you can tell there were many activities offered to the children. Some of these activities were more challenging for some but most activities were easy for every child to succeed at.
In the lab there was a special needs boy who particularly stood out to me when I was observing. He was adorable and so curious about everything in the room. The little boy walked over by the wooden play set that the children could climb up. One particular teacher was keeping her eye on him the entire time making sure his safety was secure. The little boy began climbing and the teacher let him climb all by himself, but was near him the entire time making sure he wouldn’t fall and get hurt. She even climbed up the wooden set with him at first until he got safely to the top. This was a perfect example of a teacher maintaining a safe environment and careful supervision, but encouraging the child to do what he is capable of without any as...
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... began to do the same thing, then began playing all together.
In this lab the children got to experience many different activities. All in about an hour a child was able to play in a sand box, learn about planting seeds and playing in the dirt, play the piano, create and build things out of wooden blocks, make a snack for themselves with help from the teacher, interact with other kids, climb up a play set they have indoors, read books, and go play outside. Just in the first hour of being at this lab a child was able to use many skills and throughout the rest of the morning they are going to use more skills they have and are developing. It is important to focus on all the skills of a child, so they can develop and practice on all of them. Experiencing new activities is important for young children and addressing the whole child will help them learn and grow more.
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