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Title: Children's Play - More than Fun and Games
Languages: English
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Medium
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Child Development
Classroom Activities
Dual Language Learners
Family Activities
Family Child Care
Family Life
Technology for Children
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
11. Demonstrate curiosity about the world and begin to use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
24. Promote and enhance health and well-being through the use of effective communication and decision-making skills.
28. Use the home language to communicate within and beyond the classroom.
29. Use the home language to make connections and reinforce knowledge and skills across academic and social areas.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Learning Standards: 1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
28.A. Use the home language at age-appropriate levels for a variety of social and academic purposes.
29.A. Use the home language to attain benchmarks across all the learning areas and to build upon and develop transferable language and literacy skills.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
31.A. Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
Benchmarks: 1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECb. Develop and use models to represent their ideas, observations, and explanations through approaches such as drawing, building, or modeling with clay.
19.A.ECa. Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
28.A.ECb. Use home language in family, community, and early childhood settings.
29.A.ECb. With adult support, begin to bridge home language and English to demonstrate progress in meeting IELDS.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.
31.A.ECe. Develop positive relationships with peers.
31.B.ECb. Engage in cooperative group play.
Domains: Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development
Developmental Domain 2: Physical Development & Health
Developmental Domain 4: Cognitive Development
Approaches to Learning
Subdomain: Concept Development
Gross Motor
Fine Motor
Relationship with Adults
Spatial Relationships
Persistence, Effort, & Attentiveness
Creativity, Inventiveness, & Imagination