Five steps for early childhood educators to create a Conceptual PlayWorld and encourage a love of STEM
With a pushdown of school-style curriculum into preschools, kindergartens and childcare centres, it can be difficult for teachers to maintain a play-based program.
Fleer’s Conceptual PlayWorld provides a model for teaching through play, and is particularly strong for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is based on more than a decade of research.
There are many different ways to run a PlayWorld.
As an educator, you can use Conceptual PlayWorlds for different things. You can run a scientific PlayWorld or an engineering PlayWorld.
It could be about social and emotional development like a Respectful Relationships PlayWorld, or it could be for some other kind of narrative development play, for example in literacy.
This is a kind of ecology – a program of learning and development which is about creating an imaginary situation together with the children.
Draw from a step-by-step toolkit, and make it your own
There are five steps to setting up and developing a Conceptual PlayWorld that are really important. But make them your own, because you will be making decisions that best suit the children you work with. You know them best.
To learn about these steps, please visit Prof. Fleer's original article by clicking here.
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