Early Childhood (HALF & FULL DAY PRESCHOOL)

 

Child development specialists know the importance of play,

because children discover and learn about their world through

play.  Play promotes the total development of the child.  It

enhances a child’s self-esteem, because he/she can succeed in

play.  When children are playing in the areas detailed below, they

are forming a solid foundation for a life of learning.

 

 

When children play with blocks, cars and trucks, they are

learning:

- Concepts of shapes, sizes, length and locations, all relative to

learning to read and do mathematics

- To create and repeat patterns, a math skill

- To exercise their imagination and to express ideas

- To problem solve and cooperate with others

 

When children play with water or other materials, they are learning:

- To feel relaxed and comfortable with friends                                      

- Science concepts such as sinking and floating

- To explore the senses that God has given us

- To observe changes as water takes different forms in different containers

- About different temperatures and textures

- About concepts such as wet, dry and evaporation

- Eye hand coordination

- Concepts of empty and full, volume and weight

 

When children play in the ‘Home-Living Area’ they are learning:

- To try on different adult roles

- To solve social problems through negotiation with friends

- To make decisions, organize, and use ideas as a Christian through dramatic play

 

When children look at books in the ‘Book Area’ they are learning:

- To make friends with books

- That printed words have meaning

- About other people and places

- To interact with an adult to develop verbal and listening skills

- To respect God’s written Word

 

When children use play dough, paints, glue, scissors and art materials, they are learning:

- To exercise their God-given imagination and creativity

- To express feelings and moods

- The concepts of size, shape, location and design relevant to learning to read

- How to create patterns and designs, a math skill

- To control the small muscles of their hands

- The concepts of symmetry, balance and design

 

When children play in the Science/Discovery area they are learning:

- To appreciate God’s world around them

- To develop their curiosity

- To investigate and try new things

 

When children play at the Writing Center, they are learning:

- That they can communicate by squiggles and written words

- That they can use a variety of tools to convey their thoughts and feelings

 - To hold a drawing implement and to control the pressure

 

When children play with puzzles and string beads they learn:

- The basic math concept about the relationships of parts to the whole

- Self confidence as they learn to work difficult puzzles

- To have pride in accomplishments

- Eye/hand coordination

 

When children play and sing songs and dance, they are learning:

- To make a joyful noise unto the Lord

- Memory skills and sequencing

- To be conscious of others

- Auditory discrimination skills such as recognizing differences in sounds, which is essential to learning how to read

- Awareness and identification with their own culture and the cultural heritage of others

- To express themselves physically

- To be conscious of the moods and rhythms of music

 

When children play on climbing equipment, they are learning:

 - Self-confidence as they develop new skills

 - Physical strength, coordination and balance

 - To solve problems

 - To conduct themselves as Christians on the playground

 

When Children play at the Smart Board/Computer Center

- They are using programs that are enhancing the core curriculum