Play and Learning in Early Childhood

4 Clock Hours / 0.4 CEUs / $30.00

Course Description

This course applies to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

In this course you will learn about the fundamental role of play in young children’s cognitive, physical, and social–emotional development and learning. You will learn how to facilitate children’s learning in ways that promote independence, curiosity, and motivation. This course offers guidance on setting up the learning environment and selecting play materials for children during different developmental stages.

Learn about how play evolves from simple to complex and how different types of play function as powerful learning tools. This course covers the developmental stages of object play; the critical role of physical and outdoor play in building children’s confidence and physical development; how creative play promotes children’s social–emotional development and spatial awareness; the many benefits of pretend play including vocabulary building, language comprehension, and narrative skills; and how incorporating music into children’s play can accelerate children’s brain development.

Learning Outcomes

After you complete this course, you will able to explain the role of play in children’s development and learning; recognize the teacher’s role in maximizing the benefits of free, guided, and teacher-directed play; recognize the importance of providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment; and identify the benefits of different types of play.

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Play and Learning in Early Childhood
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Topics Covered in Play and Learning in Early Childhood:

  • Play and brain development
  • Play and domains of development
  • Social understanding
  • Free, guided, and teacher-directed play
  • Facilitating learning through play
  • Choosing play materials
  • Factors that decrease playtime
  • Stages of play
  • Object play
  • Physical play
  • Pretend play
  • Creative play
  • Play that includes music
  • Outdoor play

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material, view videos, and listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

Completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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