THE POWER OF PLAY
How many of us have been in a doctors’ office and heard them explaining things with medical jargon we then have to decipher?
- Red Hot Candies- “These are the red cells, their job is to carry energy and nutrients through our bodies.”
- White Rice- “These are called platelets, their job is to stop bleeding like a bandaid.”
- Marshmallows- “These are white blood cells, their job is to fight infections.”
- Karo Syrup- “This is the plasma. It’s job is to move the cells around.”
- Black Jelly Beans- “These are the sick cells, called leukemia and make it hard for the other cells to do their job. So we need to get rid of them. What ideas do you have for this?”
Children’s first language is play! I can easily connect with children and families through play. Play is a way for children to safely express themselves and learn from each other. From my experience, the best play/game is anything that is their idea - Let them come up with what they want to do. If all else fails and they do not want to choose, almost everyone loves to paint, play Uno, or build with Legos.
We communicate clearly and are not afraid to explain elaborately when working with children. Children deserve to know all of the information about what is happening and what is going to be done to their bodies. We want to help them understand exactly what is happening in every step. For example, if you tell a child they are going to have a CAT Scan, they may envision cats in their head. Instead, we explain further and say, “The doctors need to take pictures of the inside of your body using a big camera. Does it hurt when mom takes picture? This won’t hurt either.”
Through hands-on experiences, role-playing and various play activities, I was able to help children fully develop their coping skills so that they could feel more confident in challenging situations.
- We cultivate what children love and let them find their true passions.
- We empower them by giving them a sense of control and offering choices in how they use their time to learn at school.
- We focus on the whole development – not just the academics.
- The children are free – free to move, free to learn, free to play, free to be themselves.
- We see each child as a genius and a lifelong learner who can change the world.
I am excited for my role as the Elementary Studio Guide and to participate in a mission that puts children at the heart and center of their personal learning journey.