Date(s) - Nov 18, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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I have recently returned to working in a preschool, and found superhero play is something educators are struggling with. A question I often hear is, “should we allow it?” I believe we should when we combine superhero play with the characteristics of kindness and caring, and with negotiation and problem-solving skills; we can help develop their social and emotional development. All children have a right to play. This includes superhero play, sometimes weapon play, and shocking themes like shooting storm troopers! The aim of my workshop is to facilitate a discussion on superhero play. I want to connect and share with everyone my experience, and hope to open a forum to discuss and share all of our ideas. Knowledge is power, and I hope after completing this workshop you will have a clear idea on how to deal with superhero play.
Objectives: Understand what children mean when they use superhero play; Discuss possible ways to manage and guide this type of play; investigate the possibilities that superhero play can bring to the centre; Explore policies/guiding and caring philosophies we have on superhero play; Review current research on superhero play.
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Sarah McCarthy has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Training, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Montessori Training (0-12 years) and a certificate for working with Children with Special Needs. Sarah has been in the educational field for over 15 years. She has taught in Reggio preschools, play-based centres, Montessori schools, and was an Early Childhood Coordinator and Instructor for a private college.