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Helping Families See Play as Learning
October 20, 2021
The secret to seeing children is to understand that most seemingly ordinary events have great significance if you stop to notice and study them.
-Deb Curtis, Really Seeing Children
Holly Delgado, in her article that forms the basis for a brand new Out of the Box Training from Exchange Press, “Translating Play-Based Learning for Families,” writes:

“When early childhood programs provide families with a lens through which they can see the teaching and learning process in action and intentionally make connections between play and learning outcomes, families will begin to understand that play IS learning.”  

In an article in NAEYC’s Teaching Young Children called “Learning Stories”, Judi Pack notes, “A story is powerful and meaningful to families and can often communicate more than a number, a score, or a checklist of skills. Because the story is written to the children, it’s both easy for teachers to write and easy for families to understand. Teachers become observers and story writers while reflecting on children’s actions and words. The story is always a positive one about children’s strengths, good ideas, and dispositions for learning.” Pack goes on to suggest that learning stories work especially well for sharing child-initiated play which is sustained and intentional, demonstrates an interesting relationship between the child and others or the materials, and reveals something about the child’s way of learning.
Often, though, families are more familiar with conventional academic approaches to education. In such situations, it’s especially critical to share assessments and observations in ways that help families see play as a primary pathway to learning. The new Out of the Box Training provides strategies for helping educators effectively share these kinds of observations with families.

Out of the Box Training Kits

Translating Play-Based
Learning for Families

How can your team clearly communicate with families the many concepts and skills children are building through everyday play? Using this NEW training, you and your team will explore and practice the features of high-quality documentation as a tool to strengthen family engagement and deepen families’ understanding of the link between play and learning.

May not be combined with any other offer. Not applicable on past purchases. Sale expires November 2, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST.


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