Jan 26, 2024 • 40 Mins min read
Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
Ever found yourself wondering why young children do certain things or play in unusual ways? Well look no further as this class will hopefully shed some light on the why behind children's play and day to day actions. In this class Olivia takes us on an investigatory journey through the world of schematic play and the psychology behind way children do what they do. In psychology, a schema is a mental framework that helps individuals organise, process, and store information about their environment. These mental structures are essential for understanding the complexities of the world, as they allow us to interpret new experiences through the lens of pre-existing schemas. Understanding schemas and the mental processing behind these actions and thought processes is a really invaluable skill for all early years professional. This class has been designed by Olivia to deliver the WHY behind the actions of the children under your care, and hopefully provide you with a deeper appreciation for schematic play.
1. A Deep Dive Into 9 Basic Schemas10:35
Within this first lesson Olivia provides you with an overview of 9 different basic schemas you could commonly see across your setting. Olivia dissects and explores each schema in order to pull out some of the common behaviours you could see, and ways in which we could support these children further in their learning.
2. The Work of Piaget & Embracing Schematic Play07:21
In this lesson Olivia explores the role schemas play in our brain processing and why we use them in our play and day to day activities. Through highlighting a number of factors that go into developing schemas we can gain a deeper understanding into the patterns of behaviour children demonstrate.
3. The Psychology Behind Schemas09:58
In this lesson, Olivia helps us to understand the psychology behind schemas and the links of these make to the child’s future behaviours and understanding of their environment. You'll explore vital concepts such as the importance of being tuned into the individual and the different ways in which we can help to develop an understanding of the different ways children learn.
4. How We Can Support Schematic Play12:32
In this final lesson Olivia gives us ideas on how you can plan different activities based on the different schemas, allowing us to help children to explore their environments and the provision you provide using the different schemas as a focus.
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