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Module Two: Lesson Two


What are Children's Everyday Learning Opportunities?

Robin McWilliam's Early Intervention in Natural Environments (EINE)-Five Component Model refers to routines as "naturally occurring activities happening with some regularity. They include both caregiving events and hanging out times". He also states that "intervention is learning opportunities afforded the child (Dunst, Figure 1. Herter, et al., 2000), and these naturally come from those who spend time with the child, such as parents, other family members, and child care providers". This activity provides an opportunity for you to identify the experiences and opportunities (social and nonsocial activity settings) that are contexts for meaningful and functional child learning and development, and mutually beneficial parent/child interactions, that strengthen both child and parent competence and confidence.

Please read the article, Family and Community Activity Settings, Natural Learning Environments, and Children's Learning Opportunities by Carl Dunst and Mary Beth Bruder from the Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute. When you have finished reading the article, please complete the following activity.

This article outlines that activity settings and learning opportunities happen in 22 different categories of everyday life. The authors state that natural learning environments are not places, but the many different kinds of learning activities happening in different places. They suggest that you use the following table to think about and make lists of the many different activity settings occurring in the 11 family and 11 community categories making up the fabric of everyday family and community life. Please type in at least one activity setting for each category.

Family Life Community Life
Family Routines
Family Excursions
Parenting Routines
Family Outings
Child Routines
Play Activities
Literacy Activities
Community Activities
Play Activities
Outdoor Activities
Physical Play
Recreation Activities
Entertainment Activities
Children's Attractions
Family Rituals
Art/Entertainment Activities
Family Celebrations
Church/Religious Activities
Socialization Activities
Organizations and Groups
Gardening Activities
Sports Activities


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