“The program is based on the idea that habit forming behaviors start in childhood”
By: Sara Zaske
Published: Mar 28, 2017,The Atlantic, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/the-toy-free-kindergarten/520905/
Level of Difficulty: **
· Structured and unstructured play https://prezi.com/01qw4-qyasep/structured-and-unstructured-play/
WATCH AND TAKE NOTES
· Social- Emotional development: Experiences and activities (Scroll down for the video)
· The importance of Unstructured Play in Childhood - Dr Arlene Taylor - Sensory Learning 4 Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGdlDjVMIPM
1. Experts in Germany seem to believe that the fight against addiction starts with games /should start early /takes a long time / has an important goal.
2. The purpose of having a toy free environment is to instill good values/ to promote world peace/ to prepare children for life/ to shift children’s focus .
3. The significant research finding that caused toys to be periodically removed from kindergartens is the fact that…
4. Watch the video about D.A.R.E.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AibFzt7S81s . The US government should / should not rethink this program because it has been found to have……………The reason is that it is …..
5. The purpose of both NIDA recommended programs and Red-Ribbon Week is to……However in the former children are cognitively aware of the purpose / aren’t cognitively aware of the purpose but in the latter they are cognitively aware of the purpose / are not cognitively aware of the purpose.
6. The argument presented in the text as a measure of the effectiveness of a program is the level of………Be careful and tweak the text.
7. The main criticism leveled at the toy free environment project is the fact children may end up……………Further studies have/ haven’t disproved this claim.
8. The purpose of the compromise introduced at the Berlin kita was to: Mark the one(s)that fit
· Provide children with alternatives to toys
· Help children think outside the box
· Encourage children to role play
· Provide opportunities for field trips
· Divert children’s attention to other activities
9. All the games the writer’s son played during the toy free time seems to prove that he was developing his imagination/ he was developing his problem solving skills/ he was becoming more self reliant/ he was becoming less addicted / he was learning to play with everyday objects. Mark the one that doesn’t fit.
Write an essay in which you discuss different kinds of play and where the emphasis should be. Before you do so, check out the links below:
· Structured vs. Unstructured Play: Is That What Really Matters? http://spaghettiboxkids.com/blog/structured-vs-unstructured-play-is-that-what-really-matters/
· Make Time For Play: How To Balance Structured And Unstructured Play http://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/free-play-in-a-structured-world-how-to-balance-structured-and-unstructured
· Richard Louv: Structured vs. Unstructured Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y6_-CX0brc
GERMANY IS TAKING AWAY KINDERGARDENER’S TOYS TO CURB FUTURE ADDICTION KEY AND TEACHERS’ NOTES
Play is a very important part of childhood. This article focuses mainly on unstructured play and its character building potential. It also argues that it could help prevent future addiction. The writing task involves further research but the topic should generate a healthy debate. My generation was more focused on unstructured play but the young generation has indulged in structured play to the detriment of unstructured play. It should be interesting to hear the different views.
1. Should start early
2. To shift children’s focus
3. Habit forming behavior has its roots in childhood
4. No positive effects and some deleterious effects/ Information only programs don’t work
5. Encourage children’s positive behaviors and extinguish negative ones/ are cognitively aware of the purpose / are not cognitively aware of the purpose
7. Feeling insecure and not developing a healthy self esteem/ have disproved
8. 1,2 and 5
9. He was becoming less addicted