Module 10 Outcome B: The student recognizes opportunities for youth to have voice and choice.
170-297-6575 Activities to promote child growth and development.
Involve children in both the “what” and the “how” of your planning. Ask questions about their interests, the flow of the day, the ways that you do the things you do. Be as specific as you can. Rather than saying “what do you think we should do?” ask “we have times set aside for homework, snack, and then outdoor play. Do you think this is working? Should we change the order? What could we do to make it better?” Active listening is just as important as asking. Often, we are thinking about the next thing to say rather than really listening to what a child is saying. Listen carefully, and listen to hear suggestions for topics or activities in your day-to-day conversations. Great ideas don’t only come at formal planning times.
When children are involved in setting their own rules, they are more likely to understand and respect them. Have a brainstorm session to set ground rules. You can have agreements for multiple activities (i.e. How do we want to conduct ourselves on a field trip) or a single basic set that covers most situations (i.e. here at Friendly Child Care, we respect others’ space and belongings). Either way, be sure to revisit the guidelines regularly, both to remind children of their agreements, and to check in and see if they would like to make changes based on how things are going.
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