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Although play is not a subject like science, art or math, unit 2 focuses on play as it is an essential part of children's lives and vital to their development.

 

There are three types of activities incorporated into the Discover lessons: teacher-led, children-initiated and free play.

 

During the teacher-led activities, the girls are playing, painting, building, creating, interacting with books, listening to stories, singing songs, taking field trips, playing pretend, exploring. 

 

I take part in the children-initiated activities by observing them first, waiting to see what unfolds, then supporting them with their English language use.

 

Learning stations or centres are a type of children directed play. Usually, the girls decide on which station they would like to set up. Examples of learning stations are play-doh cooking, play-doh fashion design, blocks or lego building, dolls and puppets play, doctor's office, restaurant centre, theatre, at the shop, etc. 

 

There is always time for free play when I usually leave the room and let the girls play whatever they like.

 

In the What can you do in the park? and the Say it with me lessons the girls are introduced to action vocabulary such as climb, catch, build, walk, run, jump, hop, skip, spin, kick, blow bubbles, swing, slide, fly a kite. In addition to the book exercises to practice these words, I included several activities and games to practice the vocabulary and structure ( Bean Bag Drop, Catch and Bounce, Skip to my Lou, etc).

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