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By Sally Featherstonefreelance consultant and trainer

Many children learn to explore and understand the world around them through schemas and schema play, as Sally Featherstone explains

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What are schemas?

Schemas are repeated behaviours that babies and young children use to explore and understand the world. Examples of schema behaviour might be:

  • a baby continuously dropping objects over the side of a high chair and watching them fall to the floor
  • a toddler repeatedly bringing objects and placing them in an adult’s lap, or loading up a barrow or bucket with objects, then tipping them out again
  • a child who always climbs into an empty box, builds walls with big bricks and makes walls and fields for cars or small-world animals
  • a child who is interested in everything that turns – taps, doorknobs, keys, locks and wind-up toys.
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  1. SALIMA DAMANI
    on 24 March 2011

    SCHEMA

    very interesting and related to all aspect of learning.