Activities for Preschoolers: Approaches to Play and Learning

Activities for Preschoolers: Approaches to Play and Learning 

Young children are increasingly being educated in learning environments that are rapidly becoming more teach-directed and less child-oriented. That is, well-meaning teachers are providing instruction in a manner that often mirrors the classroom of elementary school children. Teach-directed learning has its place in education; however, this approach to learning does not mesh with theories about how young children learn and generalize new knowledge. This course will introduce concepts that have shaped the value of intentional high quality play and learning for young children. In addition, it will help you differentiate the stages of play in young children, and introduce activities to engage children in play and learning. Given this knowledge, you will learn to be more intentional about including active play as a meaningful learning tool for young children.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with C-26;C-27 on the BCAT Task List.

Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System


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Kentucky Division of Child Care


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-APAPL
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe why childrens approaches to play and learning are powerful predictors of their later success.
Understand how a young child's communication skills (verbal and nonverbal) influence learning during various stages of play development.
Utilize effective strategies to promote initiative, curiosity, engagement, persistence, reasoning, and problem solving in children.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Approaches to Play and Learning A. Meet Megan B. Play Skills and Communication C. Solitary Play D. Parallel Play E. Associative Play F. Cooperative Play G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Stages and Ages of Learning A. Domains of Learning B. Physical Development C. Language and Literacy Development D. Social and Emotional Development E. Cognitive Development F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Strategies and Activities A. Self-Talk B. Parallel Talk C. Wait Time D. Conversational Turn-Taking E. Open-Ended Questions F. Adapted Activities G. Open-Ended Materials H. Encourage Self-Direction I. Additional Activities J. Model Appropriate Functions K. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Expert Reviewer: Linda Snead-Sanders MA, CCC-SLP
Linda Snead is a licensed speech-language pathologist with national certification. She has worked extensively in both Head Start and Early Head Start instructing teacher on how to use effective communication strategies with young children. She spoke at both state and national conferences topics related to young children. Disclosure: Linda Snead-Sanders MA, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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