Originally Posted by MuckeyBusiness
I started a new job in september and it is a play based curriculum center. We follow naeyc and we are a licensed center. Art is normally here are the materials and the paper now do what you want with it... we never have anything pre cut out. The kids learn best through play and i completley agree with that but i guess i've never applied it as much as i need to here. At previous centers i have always done the center thing with math and matching things and all that at one table and art at another table which was a lot of pre cut stuff but they can put it where they want and literacy with letters and numbers and they had to match the letters and numbers and actually practice writing and what not and for some reason i feel like i can't do any of that here. I don't know if it's just cause i'm so overwhelmed so nervous to try those things i've done at previous centers or what. If i am making sense at all someone please respond but i feel like i'm the dumbest teacher in the world and have no clue what to do in this setting to get the kids how to learn to write and learn their letters and numbers and all that good stuff. Please help i am so overwhelmed and I hope this makes sense!!!
After you get the hang of it, you will find it's much easier. We are basically a play-based center, but are given a lot of freedom to deviate from it if we wish.
When I did a play-based classroom, I "added" real-life things to the kitchen area and let them use their imaginations, things like rocks, boots, "real" pots and pans, magazines, boxes, wrapping paper/tape, etc.
I did the same for the block/truck areas and really still do it all that way. Let them play and figure things out. It's fun!
As for art/projects, I put things on the table and they could choose to do them...or not.
I will say that it was so much easier than sitting down a group of 10 children and telling them what to make!
I also found that the years I did it this way, they did not learn their letters and numbers as quickly or as well. That's why I went back to group teaching them at the table so that they are formally exposed to the things they need to enter Kindergarten.