Teaching the skills of successful learning through play!
As children mature so do the expectations we place on them. You need to allow children the time they need to adjustment from one learning environment to another. Just like every other area of a child's learning, there are stages to their learning development and developing their play skills is no different.
Curriculum integration is key.
There are so many benefits to teaching through themes. If you understand language and vocabulary to be one of the most fundamental componants of a child’s learning, you will then understand the benefits of teaching through themes and topics. By choosing an over all topic or theme you will provide children with constant reinforcement of topical vocabulary throughout the days/weeks or month and it is likely that the language will be absorbed by the children in fun and relevant lessons. A thematic approach also offers children the opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”- Dr Seuss
The dreaded timetable!
Aistear organically allows for child-led differentiation
Aistear organically allows for child-led differentiation. Children have the freedom to choose where are they want to play, with whom they want to play and how they want to play. With practice they will learn to challenge themselves, become more adventurous and test their own limits and abilities. It also allows for the child to set their own learning pace, a child who finds social interaction more challenging can slowly build confidence until they feel ready to become more involved in group play. Aistear is a language rich hour where each child is immersed in topic specific language, children tend to become more confident as a given topic develops and becomes more involved in verbal interactions with their peers. Plenty of discrete oral language lessons and guided role-play will support children’s play.
Creating an environment that oozes FUN.
We need to be creators and not consumers.
The most effect way for children to learn.
of a never ending journey...
Aistear has taken me on a journey in my teaching career that I never expected. I have always been creative and applied that creativity to my teaching whenever possible... in-between my everyday tightly timetabled lessons. I have been an infant school teacher for years but our school only introduced Aistear properly about 4 years ago and it has been slowly taking off ever since. I was slow to get into it myself, because like most teachers I wondered where I was going to fit this kind of play into my busy and often subject crammed infant day. My first thought was where am I going to find the time, money, and space to implement this new early childhood framework. Before I had even started I was coming up with many reasons just to stick with the way I was doing things.