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Jul 15, 2015
Welcome to the Unicorn Classroom!
Welcome to the Unicorn Classroom!Julia WiseKira Bell1Play is learning
How do these Unicorns measure up?
Solo play, play is done alone, even with a room full of other children. Adult-child play, is as infants mature, they develop relationships with the adults that take care of them.These are an infant/toddler stage which the Unicorns have outgrown and moved on to more sophisticated forms of play.In the beginning: Solo Play and Adult-child play
Children will play side by side with very little actual interactionParallel Play
Children will begin to play interactively with others and will identify somebody as their friendDyad Play
To be successful at small group play, children must learn how to be included in play, how to take turns and share, and how to play common themes such as kitchen or building roads.Small Group PlayLarge Group Play
The first step of identifying themselves as an important member of the classroom community. What does it look like in the Unicorn classroom?What is self regulation?I can manage my strong emotions and I am in control of my behavior. At school we
Take care of ourselvesTake care of each otherTake care of our thingsAt school we clean up when were done playing because we take care of our things
Children learn the cause and effect of their actions. Take responsibility of our actionsYou stepped on the puzzle and it broke.You (action) and (result)
One of the most powerful tools we have to help children learn the guiding principles of behavior is to give them descriptive feedback when you see them behavingReflective Feedback
You (action) because (principle)
Many young children have no idea where their feelings come from. Before they can manage feelings, children need to have an understanding of what triggers their feelings. Help children understand that feelings are responses to outside events.Feelings are ResponsesYou feel (emotion) because (event)You feel excited because your friend is hereWhat we do in the Unicorn ClassroomExamples of Self Regulation
An important component of self-regulation is the ability to understand the passage of time.Picture Schedules
Props and visual cues help children begin to define their personal space and the space of others. As children grow, mature, and develop, theyll be able to define space without these cues.Concrete Cues and Props
Many children become anxious when gathering for group time. Sit-upons are a system to assign predetermined places for each child. Sit-upons do this without assigning permanent seats.
Learning how to regroup when we are losing control is an important life skill. Help children explore this strategy by including places within the classroom where they can go to center themselves when they begin to spin out of controlPlaces and Spaces
Self soothing is an important tool for managing emotions. Some children do well with a familiar comfort item to help themselves calm down such as familiar pictures of family.Self Soothing