Empowering Children with the Gift of Control
Date(s) - Sep 18, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Child Care Options CCRR
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Afraid of what that “out of control” child in your program will do if you “just” let them play? Feeling like sticking to a rigid schedule is the only way for you to be able to control unacceptable behaviors? Do you think “play-based” and “child-led” means no structure? Then this is the workshop for you! We all have a desire to be in control. Children are the same, they seek control, they NEED control. Taking a toy away from another child fills that urge for control. Being trusted to solve problems, choose a task and find a new way to use materials also fills the need for control and has the bonus effect of being empowering. You will walk away from this workshop with practical ideas that will empower children with the type of control that provides opportunities to build life-long skills.
Family Resource Program Staff, StrongStart Staff, Childminding Staff, Community Health Professionals, Teachers, Parks and Recreation Staff, Children’s Librarians, Early Childhood Educators, Family Child Care Providers, Others who work with children!
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After stopping young children’s play in order to get to the ‘important stuff” for 9 years, I realized a change was needed. Step by step, one “aha moment” after another, I was able to transition my program from teacher-led and what I thought was “play-based” to child-led and TRULY, “play-based”. OUT with the rigid, controlling schedule, forced, teacher-led learning and |children who depended on me to lead the way, IN with authentic learning and empowered young children who “wonder if…”, imagine, create, fail, discover, manage conflict, solve problems, try, persevere, help, succeed and LOVE the freedom to lead and learn through play. Now, I proudly, and LOUDLY proclaim: “Play IS the “important stuff”. I love to defend play by speaking at early childhood professional events all across the country and have co-authored three books on the topic.