Learning Goals: Literacy, Mutually-Directed Play, Phonetic Spelling
What did this class do?
During free play, the students in the class created a pet shop. The educator noticed the play ended after the buying/selling of pets. To extend the play, the class had a discussion on how to make their pet shop more interesting and decided to create a veterinary clinic.
Together, the class discussed the materials they needed to create the clinic and the educator wrote down the students’ ideas on the easel and modelled phonetic spelling strategies.
The educator provided students with the materials they needed while the students worked to create signs for the reception areas and forms for patients to fill out.
During play the students took on various roles such as pet owners, receptionist, and veterinarians.
Materials to build equipment
Why is it Collaborative Play?
The educator and children equally contributed to creating the play context. The educator facilitated a conversation that helped generate ideas about how to use the space to create the children’s vision of a veterinary clinic.
The students used the provided materials to create the clinic. Students had control over the play and the educator provided extensions to the play.