WHAT IS PLAY?
PLAY is the dominating activity of children between 3 and 12 years.
PLAY IS LEARNING… PLAY IS THE CHILD’S LIFE !!
Children develop their gross and fine muscles through PLAY.
- In PLAY they can apply their energy running, climbing, jumping.
- Through PLAY children learn to interact and relate socially
- They interact and react according to what others are doing: they share toys, help each other, ask for help.
- They learn to cooperate, share work, listen to the others, express themselves.
GIVE TIME TO PLAY!
*Observe children while playing: find information about the level of each child and how much
they are able to express. If they can play with others, make contact, solve problems, take turns, etc…
*Adjust space available, the amount of time needed, the choice of materials
Prepare an environment conductive to play:
Children are free to play with each other with carefully selected material.
Children will not use EFL spontaneously while playing.
The teacher introduces vocabulary, phrases, songs, poems.
Do not overwhelm children with “too much learning”.
DRAMATIC PLAY in Young Learners classroom:
- Delight in “make-believe”
- Play in imaginary worlds.
- Can act out a role.
- Engage in “pretend activities”.
- Dress up and become another person.
WHY USE DRAMA ACTIVITIES?
Encourage children to speak.
Use a lot of body movements and facial expressions.
Help to build trust and community through shared experiences.
It’s a powerful tool in the language classroom.
Involve children at many levels, through their: Bodies – Minds - Emotions
“Pretend-play” prepares children for real-life situations.
“Make-believe” encourages creativity and develops imagination.