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A toddler ties a cape around his shoulders, thrusts a fist into the air, and dashes into action as the world’s newest superhero. This classic (and unavoidable) act of “playing superhero” helps kids feels strong, positive, and engage in physical activity. But how much play fighting is actually OK? And what should parents and teachers do when a toy turns into a weapon?
According to Vancouver Community College (VCC) Early Childhood Education program coordinator Katarina Jovanovich, superhero play has both benefits and challenges. “There are debates on how it affects the development of young children,” she says.
In Superhero Play, one of four new Early Childhood Education (ECCE) workshops to be offered in Fall 2018, parents and educators can learn to notice red flags and use handy techniques to keep their little heroes flying in a positive direction.
Other new ECCE workshops this fall include The Need for Unstructured Play, exploring the ways in which free play promotes independent learning; Inclusive Trauma – Informed Process, teaching ways to identify and address emotional trauma in children; and Mistaken Goals of Young Children’s Behaviour, offering the latest research on interpreting and managing challenging behaviours.
Other new VCC Continuing Studies courses starting in Fall 2018 include:
Writing Sparks to Completion
Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) – Wine Sommelier Level 1
Building Service Management