This process of critically observing children’s play is important in developing meaningful experiences and child-centered investigations. Do the experiences you are planning consider children’s interests? Take a look at the teacher below, as she observes children’s play schema on a typical day in the classroom.
Watch this brief video of children’s play with blocks and animals in a preschool classroom. Use the “general happenings” form to each record your observations of play, and briefly discuss what you noticed afterward.
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Listen and watch the video below as Amy shows how she would use the form in her classroom, as well as some background information about the children in this particular classroom.
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