Plan, Do, Review for Summer Outings

Plan-Do-Review is a piece of HighScope preschool curriculum. Plan-Do-Review builds children’s vocabulary and supports concept development through repetition and focus on goal setting and follow through. In the preschool classroom, children might plan during circle time by telling their teacher what they will do during center time. In our classes we ask children to tell us their plan with at least one detail and a second activity if they finish the first. The ‘do’ happens when children are in centers. Teachers might visit with children and have conversation that highlights the ongoing activity. Teachers might provide running commentary about children’s efforts and progress. After centers, children then review with their teachers by describing what they just did or presenting what they accomplished.

This is an easy idea to replicate at home, especially around outings and travel. If a beach trip is coming up, the plan might include checking out library books about the beach, building sandcastles in the backyard sandbox and looking at pictures from last year’s beach trip in the photo album. The ‘do’ includes the whole day at the beach, playing in the waves, digging in the sand and talking about all the things your child is doing and seeing. The review includes making seashell art with all you collected, calling Grandma and telling her about the day and making a new scrapbook page together. The idea is to introduce and discuss the topic and details before, during and after.

Author: Dr. Rene Hackney

With a MA in school psychology and a PhD in developmental psychology, I founded and work as a parent educator at Parenting Playgroups. Somewhere in there I trained in the Developmental Clinic at Children's NMC and in the public schools. I have two beautiful, funny children who make me practice what I preach most everyday.

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