Welcome to the Introduction to Module 2!
Children learn when they play. This module will help you understand the value of play in children's learning and development. It will also help you understand your role in supporting children's play.
In this module you will learn ...
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Terms from the Field
Below are words and definitions that you may need when you work as a Family Child Care Provider. You will learn more about these words later in the module.
When you see the speaker after each of the definitions you can hear the pronunciation of the term and what it means.
free play - Free play is a time in a program's daily schedule that allows children to select where and what they will play with. For example, during free play Tamara might decide to play at the sand table with cups.
developmental stages - Developmental stages are periods of time when children learn to do certain things and improve their skills. For example, children do not learn to share toys and play together when they are infants. They learn to cooperate with others in a later developmental stage.
mastering a skill - Mastering a skill is practicing something until we can do it. For example, a child might practice bouncing a ball until he or she can master it.
fine motor skill - Fine motor skill is the ability to use hands and fingers to complete skills such as writing with a pen or cutting with scissors.
sensory awareness - Sensory awareness is when we know that we are using one of our five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, and speaking). For example we know we are tasting something sour when we eat a lemon.
If you find other words that you don't understand, you can do two things :