Tamsin Grimmer, author of Observing and Developing Schematic Behaviour in Young Children, describes the 12 common types of schematic behaviour in young children, and how recognising and adapting these schemas can aid their learning, development and play.
Have your ever noticed a child lining up their toys or spinning around in circles? Or that a child is often more interested in a cardboard box, rather than the gift that was in it? Perhaps you are perplexed by the toddler who repeatedly throws their cup from their high chair?
Children do many puzzling things and will often repeat these behaviours. It is highly likely that these behaviours are schematic. In my new book, Observing and Developing Schematic Behaviour in Young Children, I unpick the most common schemas and provide ideas of how to extend children’s learning based on their schematic interests. I also consider children whose behaviour may be misinterpreted as challenging when it could simply be schematic. Continue reading