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June 2017

The Bilingual Brain

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At Parkland Players we have a lot of children and staff who speak two or more languages and we think that is great! So today for our post we thought we would share this video on the benefits of multilingualism for the brain. We like this video because it discusses how the bilingual brain can develop in different ways and also how their are various approaches to acquiring a second language. At Parkland Players we like to support language development in many ways, including multilingualism. In this regard we offer specialized French Classes in our PM Preschool program.

Check out the video from Ted Ed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMmOLN5zBLY

And if you are interested in our PM Preschool Program: http://parklandplayers.com/programs/preschool-care-coquitlam-childcare-early-learning-reggio-emila/

 

 

Summer Animal Craft: Wolves Made From Leaves

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This is an activity we recently did at the centre and it turned out great! The photo above are creations from our own Out of School Care group. Check out the instructions below! This is a super simple craft, and it is great for the warmer weather when you are spending a lot of time outside anyways. What other animals do you think can be made from leaves?

Materials

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Leaves (and other items collected from nature if appropriate)

Instructions

  1. First, go on a nature walk and collect some leaves and other small natural objects! Maple leaves make a great shape for the wolves face but use what you can find.
  2. Bring the leaves back and use them to collage a wolf’s face with different leaves for the face itself, the ears, and the nose.
  3. Cut out small circles of black and white paper for the eyes OR find some small rocks and glue those down.
  4. Draw on eyebrows and whiskers with a marker OR find some small twigs and glue those down.
  5. Let the glue dry and then your creations is complete!

Source: http://www.kidactivities.net/post/Leaf-Leaves-Theme.aspx

 

Schema in Children’s Play

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Ever wonder how your child decides on certain activities when they play? Or why they do the same activities multiple times? A potential answer is Schema Theory as it is applied to Early Childhood Education. This article from “Nature Play” gives a great overview of Schema Theory and how it relates to children’s play and development. It also offers suggestions for how Schema Theory can help adults facilitate play. Therefore, this is our post for the day. Take a look!

http://www.nature-play.co.uk/blog/schemas-in-childrens-play