Play Based Curriculum
Our center is play-based; therefore we use developmentally age appropriate concepts and themes through invitations as the basis of our curriculum. We believe that open ended play is the best way in which young children children learn new skills, process concepts, and develop on their own time. We provide daily intentional opportunities in process art, loose parts play, language arts, STEM, music/movement, dramatic play, sensory play, social emotional learning, perceptual motor skills, and outdoor play.
The Importance of Play Based Learning: Unstructured, child-centered play has enormous benefits for young children, and those benefits are limitless. A child’s capacity to be creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers comes from using their own mental processing to explore the world. Play based learning provides’ a context for learning through which children organize and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations. Playful learning sharpens physical skills, hones language skills, deepens cognitive skills, polishes social skills, and changes the brain’s neural pathways.
Children are biologically wired to learn from their experiences. Every child is different; each has a unique set of abilities created for a special purpose. Granted, children ought to be stretched and intellectually stimulated. We are here to also teach them to articulate their feelings, to write, to develop and defend an idea, to think critically, and more importantly be the best versions of themselves. Part of childhood is about problem solving, working out strategies and solutions to everyday life issues. They learn by association and hands-on action.
It is vital that we allow children to be children for as long as possible. They need play. These years do not come back, therefore our goal here is to intentionally set up the environments with invitations where their imaginations run wild, curiosity is continuously through wonder, and above all we PLAY.
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