One of the early childhood education teaching strategies I’ve been learning and applying is a concept called “scaffolding”.
Basically it’s about guiding a child’s learning by building upon something they already know or are interested in to gradually explore new experiences and skills.
One cool series I’ve been scaffolding and building and expanding on is our little series on dinosaurs.
It all started spontaneously with a mini dinosaur play invitation I had set up. I had put together a very simple mini dinosaur playground with various items --a few wooden blocks and toys, some rocks and synthetic grass for texture, and miniature dinosaur figurines.
The next day, Nathan asked me to set up the mini dinosaur playground again --which I did. And this time I also brought out some dinosaur books from our collection. I asked him to match the dinosaur figurines to the pictures as I read out the names of the different dinosaurs.
Later in the week, I decided to mix up our play dough session by throwing in some dinosaur figurines together with a few other props. Nathan had so much fun with this imaginative play, creating three different swampy jungles for three dinosaur friends.
The pinnacle of this series for me was when Nathan suddenly came up to me one afternoon and showed me this dinosaur he made from our Lego/Duplo blocks completely on his own. No prompting from me whatsoever.
What do you think of this ‘scaffolding’ teaching technique? Is it something you would consider trying out at home with your own little ones?
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