On November 1, 2014 I was a Motivational Speaker for the Fort McMurray Early Childhood Educators Conference. The event attracted over 120 Early Childhood Caregivers in Fort McMurray.
The opening motivational speaker was Teacher Tom who talked about how preschoolers play. The message resonated that children play naturally and that adults real job is just to get out of the way of that play. Tom's motivational speech discussed how to observe children and ask questions instead of giving answers.
Thus, instead of saying the sky is blue you could inquire and ask the question, I Wonder Why the Sky is Blue?
I Wonder Why questions awakens a childs natural sense of curiosity.
Tom suggested saying contradictory statements ( like pigs moo) to children to helps challenge them and get them to question the way things are. A play based cirriculum flies in the face of traditional learning where a teacher stands in front of the room and lectures. Children must use play to learn. It is a freely chosen activity where adults should not pose rules and restrictions but allow children to use their imagination with the permission to do what they want.
70 to 80 percent of what adults say to children are commands. Play allows kids to learn and satisfy their curiosity.
Tom is known to tell parents to expect their kids to come home injured. His philosophy is to make play as real as life. He often incorporates hot glue guns, nails and power tools into the days activities.
Tom is a full time preschool teacher, motivational speaker for Early Childhood Educators and author of the book, A Parents Guide to Seattle.