Veterinary Clinic

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Collaborative Play

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.

Suggested Resources:

  • Materials to build equipment

  • Animal books

  • Stuffed animals

  • Toy stethoscope

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.

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