Curriculum

The Value of Preschool Activities: Play is Learning!

children playing with blocks

WHEN YOUR CHILD BUILDS WITH BLOCKS:

  • She learns to use her imagination to create something from her own thinking.
  • She has the satisfaction of being able to make something.
  • She learns about sizes and shapes, weights and balances, height and depth, smoothness and roughness.
  • She is exercising her body.
  • She learns to play with others.

WHEN YOUR CHILD PAINTS:

boy painting
  • He is more concerned with the process he is going though than with a finished product. This is how it should be for this stage in development.
  • He learns about colors and how he can use them.
  • He learns to use his imagination and transfers his ideas to paper.
  • He gets emotional satisfaction from being able to express himself.
  • He learns how to use small muscle coordination to handle a brush.
  • He learns how to make choices and decisions.

children on monkey bars

WHEN YOUR CHILD USES THE OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT:

  • She learns how to use her body effectively.
  • She experiences joy in achieving a skill.
  • She has fun and experiences relaxation through bodily movement.
  • She learns the limitations of her body.
  • She learns safety and caution.
  • She learns to take turns and to share a piece of equipment.

WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS IN THE HOUSEKEEPING CORNER:

  • He learns what the roles of mother, father and children are.
  • children in the play kitchen
  • He understands what it feels like to play at being somebody other than himself.
  • He learns how to use his imagination.
  • He learns how to cooperate with other children.

WHEN YOUR CHILD MAKES A GIFT OUT OF PAPER AND PASTE:

  • She learns about doing things for others.
  • She learns how to use materials like scissors and paste.
  • She learns how to use her imagination to make the kind of present she has in mind. Again, the process, not the finished product is important to her.
  • She learns about shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.

WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS IN THE SAND OR WATER:

children playing in sandbox
  • He finds it soothing to bury his hands in sand or pour water in and out of cups.
  • He is able to relax with these types of media and center his attention on a task.
  • He has an opportunity to play alone and not have to compete with other children as with some activites. This is especially important to a child who has trouble getting along with others.
  • He has a great opportunity to learn about size and measurement, experimenting with measuring spoons, cups and different sized containers.
  • He learns which things float in water.
  • He is not concerned with the final product, so he does not find it frustrating.

WHEN YOUR CHILD WORKS WITH PUZZLES:

child making a puzzle
  • She has an opportunity to work alone or together with other children.
  • She gains satisfaction in completing a puzzle and builds her selfconfidence.
  • She has an opportunity to improve her eye-hand coordination.
  • She will use skills learned in doing puzzles later when she learns to read - putting letters to sounds, making words with letters, and making stories with words.
  • She learns to play with others.

kids preparing pancakes

WHEN YOUR CHILD COOKS:

  • She learns to follow directions.
  • She stimulates and uses all five senses.
  • She learns to recognize colors and shapes from different kinds of foods and kitchen utensils.
  • She has an opportunity to use different tools and equipment to improve small muscle coordination.

WHEN YOUR CHILD LISTENS TO MUSIC, SINGS OR DANCES

  • He learns to appreciate music from different countries, cultures, and time periods.
  • He learns to express himself and his ideas.
  • He increases his vocabulary.
  • He gains satisfaction from participating in an activity that can be fun, physical, and enriching.

WHEN YOUR CHILD USES MANIPULATIVE ACTIVITES:

children doing crafts
  • She explores new concepts, practices emerging skills, and reinforces skills already mastered.
  • She develops fine motor practice.
  • She learns about classifying, sorting, predicting, problem solving, and analyzing results.
  • She develops her knowledge of the world around her using real objects and concrete examples.
  • She learns how to learn.

children using computer

WHEN YOUR CHILD USES TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTERS:

  • He learns how machines work and how they can help him learn more.
  • He practices eye-hand coordination, using the mouse.
  • He is able to learn the processes necessary to use technology.
  • He learns how to express his ideas through technology and share his ideas with others.

WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS WITH PUPPETS:

  • She is able to verbalize her feelings using words.
  • She can begin to understand the feelings of others.
  • She can role-play and perhaps find solutions to situations that may disturb her.
  • She stretchs her imagination.
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