Unleash Their Play by Tapping Into Children's Home Cultures

Children are more likely to engage in high levels of play when they are immersed in an engaging environment. What better way to engage children in play than to recreate aspects of their home cultures and home life in the dramatic play area? Spend time reflecting on your students’ home languages and cultures in light of your current teaching practices. Leave with action steps for creating more culturally relevant dramatic play areas.

Gateways Topic: Physical Fitness, Play, Cultural and Individual Diversity
Gateways Content Areas: (E) Interactions, Relationships and Environments
Gateways CDA Content Areas: (2) Physical/Intellectual

Audience
Administrators/Coordinators/Directors/Principals
Home Visitors
Parent Educators/Family Specialists
School Psychologists
Social Workers
Speech/Language Pathologists
Teacher Assistants/Paraprofessionals
Teachers
Topic
DIV = Diverse Learners
Levels of learning
Introductory

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