Ages 4 – 6
The Purpose of Spark
Unique to Spark at Tej Acton Academy, Spark Play supports creativity, critical thinking, innovation, problem-solving and team-work while co-playing and cooperative playing with large loose parts outdoors. This intentional play time consists of materials that can be moved, built, designed, taken apart, and repurposed without a prescribed use. The Spark learners will spend up to 2 hours outside everyday in all weather!
Before beginning Spark Play, learners create Play Plans, setting goals each day. After their uninterrupted play, the children go inside for reflection period when they look at pictures of themselves playing and discuss their process as well as their plans for the following day as a group. This process allows for the development of not only self-reflection, but self-reflection in the context of how actions affect others around them. This empowers our learners with independence within safe boundaries and also sets the foundation for developing great communication.