Its Not Just Play!
Your child might say that s/he has been playing at school all day but, this is what s/he is actually learning.
Math and Science Center
In the math and science center, your child will:· Learn to solve problems· Have an opportunity to make choices· Enjoy conversations with other children· Develop coordination with fine motor skills· Form mathematical and spatial concepts· Share materials and take turns· Work independently· Enjoy a sense of achievement
In the block center, your child will:· Have an opportunity to use large and small muscles· Learn to use his or her own ideas and make decisions· Select from and compare blocks of various sizes and shapes· Enjoy conversations with other children· Learn about gravity, ramps and other physical science attributes· Begin to recognize the rights of others· Return materials to the appropriate place
Dramatic Play CenterIn the dramatic play center, your child will:· Develop fine and large motor coordination· Role play real life situations and home experiences· Have an opportunity to share materials, take turns, and cooperate with other children· Develop his or her imagination· Strengthen thinking and reasoning skills· Support and help others· Reveal his or her thoughts and attitudes during role play and conversations· Learn to put materials away when finished with them
In the art center, your child will:
· Have an opportunity to release emotional frustrations and tensions, focusing on the process rather than theproduct· Experience creative ways of using materials· Enjoy sensory experiences through squeezing, pounding, painting, and cutting art materials· Have opportunities to plan and think for him or her self· Experiment with color, shape, form, texture, and lines· Learn responsibility for caring for and cleaning up materials· Find new ways to share school experiences with family members
In the library center, your child will:· Learn concepts about print· Practice using books appropriately· Enjoy looking at books· Increase his or her attention or interest span· Develop new concepts and add to previous experiences· Increase his or her vocabulary· Focus on visual activities· Gain new ideas and interests· Take responsibility for the care of booksComputer Center
In the computer center, your child will:
· Acquire pre-academic skills including knowledge about letters, numbers, shapes, same/different, and one to one correspondence· Learn basic computer literacy skills· Observe, experiment, explore· Experience cause and effect· Be exposed to concrete and playful learning and respond to real life situations in a non-threatening and constructive manner· Enjoy using computer technology· Use technology equipment in a safe and careful wayWriting CenterIn the writing center, the child will:· Learn to think of him or herself as a writer· Begin to understand that printed words express thoughts· Choose how to express ideas in written form· Understand how speaking and writing are related· Manipulate various writing tools and materials· Choose an idea or thought to express· Gain an appreciation of writing of others· Discover that writing is an effective communication tool
Sensory CenterIn the sensory center, the child will:· Extend mathematical and scientific concepts· Measure, weigh, and manipulate materials· Integrate cognitive, fine motor and large motor skills· Gain experiences with cause and effect· Enjoy the tactile stimulation of the materials· Enjoy conversations with other children· Wait for a turn and share materials· Learn rules of safety