As your preschool in Chandler, we believe in the importance of playtime for children.
Your Preschool in Chandler and A Sense of Accomplishment
As we covered previously, playtime at a preschool is vital. When play is set, and children are given encouragement, they will not only want to play more, they will get a sense of accomplishment, particularly with more challenging tasks such as puzzles. What is also important to know about playtime, though is how it helps to develop motor skills.
Motor skills are broken up into gross motor skills and fine motor development. Fine motor development involves the hands which are for writing, drawing, etc. Gross motor skills are the muscles of the legs and the arms. One way this can be accomplished is by beading. Giving children beads and plastic tipped laces provide a fun way to work on fine muscle control, while helping to protect them from injury. However, there are a lot more ways of encouraging play in preschool.
Hands on Learning through PLAY
One of the best ways that children are encouraged to learn is when they don’t know that they’re being taught. A lot of people equate teaching with students sitting in rows and a teacher giving a lecture. That is often the case in higher learning, but should never be the case in a preschool in Chandler. Let’s face it. Children have a lot of energy. Having them sit still for a lecture about some subject will not be successful. However, getting them to play a game will teach them in a very clever in sneaky way. Look at something like an egg hunt for example. They will scramble around, trying to find all of the eggs.
This game could teach them to recognize shapes, colors and more. And you probably just thought this was for Easter. This is just one example of the importance of play in preschool. And it is one of the reasons for a lot of positive comments about our school. We understand the importance of play integrated into the curriculum.
According to an article on PARENTS.COM,”For kids under 5, play is the foundation for creativity, constructive problem solving, self-regulation, and learning as a whole,” says Susan Linn, cofounder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and author of The Case for Make Believe.
Play also helps preschoolers master the skills they’ll need for academic subjects later on. Storytime advances pre-reading skills like rhyming, wordplay, and the ability to follow a plot. A simple activity like playing with soap bubbles can stimulate science learning, while building with blocks establishes a foundation for understanding geometry. Repetitive play (such as putting a puzzle together, taking it apart, and then reassembling it) hones motor acuity, while unstructured group play boosts kids’ social skills.” [READ MORE]
So as you see, play isn’t a luxury. It is vital. And at your preschool in Chandler, we know it.
Tot Spot Preschool
4844 S. Val Vista Dr. #A105
Gilbert, AZ 85298