Role–play is any speaking activity when you either put yourself into somebody else’s shoes, or when you stay in your own shoes but put yourself into an imaginary situation!The joy of role–play is that students can ‘become’ anyone they like for a short time!
For practitioners, roll- play is a good time to sit back and observe, joining in when invited directly or through cues. It is very important that the adult follows the child’s lead and abstain from taking on the lead!!
This child takes on the teacher roll and acts accordingly. Everything is very well planned and the leader ensures this is put into practice, monitoring and offering verbal guidance. The teacher seems to be a kind, caring person and happy to offer additional support if the students fail to give the right response!!
The ability of thinking from the other’s person point of view is remarkable!!
The children ( soft toys) are brought by their parents at the nursery where we have 2 groups: small children to the right, big children to the left (don’t forget to think in the mirror 😊 ). Some children will separate easily from their parents/ carers, some are struggling to control their emotions. We will assist reading activity, main objective being the learning of opposites concepts: big and small, tidy and messy, loud and quite, inside and outside. Recess is as important as learning academic skills. Therefore, having well worth it breaks, the children had mathematic (number one and shape/ pattern recognition by pairing) and literacy lessons ( the letter and the sound Bb). They take turns and are praised for their efforts rather than answers. Their “hand”/ paw is guided by the experimented teacher to draw circles, lines or to write letters. We had a bit of confusion due to learning 2 languages at the same time and naming a certain critter which is spelled/ pronounced differently from English. I can’t stress enough how important for children’s learning and development is conflict/ conflicting information. However, once confusion was clarified the play continued in the same spirit. Obviously the Big Bear had to answer more complicated questions as the small bear is just learning about: words begging with the sound “b”. The small bear was then helped by the big one to solve the task by circling the right pictures.
Today there is no need to plan future activities or next steps. We will only take a step back and allow our tots to play freely for the rest of the day.
For some students it was a bit too much as they have fallen asleep 🐈 pretty much from the beginning 😺; others only needed cuddling with friends 🤗 retreating in their fortress 🏰.