The opportunities for oral language development have also been enhanced by the introduction of the play stands and arches in my classroom. The children talk together as they devise plans for the space. They negotiate and make compromises together as they play and interact with the play stands and arches. The open-endedness of this play space encourages children to talk together which fully supports the BC curriculum’s communication core competencies:
- connecting and engaging with others to share and develop ideas
- acquiring, interpreting and presenting information
- collaborating to plan, carry out, and review constructions and activities
- explaining and reflecting on experiences
These play stands and arches also serve to support the other core competencies listed in the BC curriculum: creative thinking, critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity, personal awareness and responsibility, and social responsibility.
At different times of the day, this space can be used for different purposes. Creative play is one way. But it is also used as a quiet space. It’s a place where children with sensory processing challenges can seek some solace and comfort. It’s a place where children can share a book together or sit and talk away from the hustle and bustle of the room. Draping the arches with fabric creates a cozy comfortable retreat for those needing some calm and quiet.
Brooksbank Elementary School
This is part two of our three part series hearing from educators at Brooksbank Elementary School, North Vancouver, Canada on how they are using our Natural Pod Play Stands with Arch in their learning space. Read the fist story here.