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Facilitating friendships at the preschool level among all children is at the core of the Play and Learn curriculum. Based on early childhood research, the authors believe that all young children learn best through movement and meaningful play with friends. The curriculum lays a framework that uses a transdisciplinary model of service delivery as the most effective way to teach young children. It is an excellent example of universal design in action since universal design supports an environment where ALL children are included in the same activities within the classroom.Order PLAY & LEARN Here
Friends can move together with the Elastablast and listen for directions with the step by step which is positioned on a lazy susan in the middle of the circle.
Any preschool book can be programmed on a step by step...a great early literacy tool.
Any battery operated game such as Peanut Party can be adapted with a simple switch, making it possible for All children to play a game together.
Painting a bus with friends is a great way to be welcomed back for a new school year.
At Lexington School District One we have been using the Play & Learn program for the past two school years. Our special education director gave permission for us to use it as a pilot program in one of our schools. It was so successful, that we have since expanded it to other classrooms in our school district. The teachers love it, the therapists love it and, most importantly, the children all love it! It has given new functional meaning to the IEP process and to working collaboratively as a team to help children achieve their goals!Randi Cogswell OT
Lexington, South Carolina
Play & Learn is an excellent tool for providers and caregivers who support children with disabilities in natural environments. The most beneficial aspect of the Play & Learn activities is that there are "functional" as well as "therapeutic" activities. When accommodations are made that allow children to engage in play, both children with and without disabilities benefit as they learn to respect differences and share common interests.Mary M. Shea, EdD,
Kids Included Together
San Diego, California
Because of the Play & Learn curriculum, Danna's peers are more interested in what she is doing and want to be her partner in activities. It brings me great joy watching her react when she is interacting with her classmates. This is when she really shines!Kari Anderson, parent
White Bear Lake, MN