(Unit 5) Topic 2: Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities for Children
2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Planning Activities for Young Children
Topic 2 Page 5
When planning activities for young children, consider the diversity of individual learners and the factors affecting them.
Some children work slowly and others quickly. Some children are attentive, and others bore easily. Some are quick decision makers, while others take more time. Evaluate children’s learning styles and characteristics when planning the curriculum and activities in your program.
Evaluate children’s learning styles and characteristics in relationship to your own. When demonstrating for children, slow down so they can understand concepts. Adults are accustomed to reading and talking too fast for kids to keep up and should avoid doing this when instructing children.
Understanding the types of learning styles can benefit your program and the way you assist students during homework help time. Knowing their learning styles can help you understand which methods to use to deliver information to students and to help them with their schoolwork. It can help in developing curriculum, activities, and even when assigning seats or groups for activities.
It is important to note, as well, that the type of learning style is important, but also the modality (method of delivery) that is best for the content, not only the student’s learning style. For example, a color theory lesson in an art activity simply cannot be taught by giving a child a book to read. It is best to use a method that lends itself to the topic at hand.
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