Preschool

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When I Play I Learn

A child learns through play--in all ways, a truth adults do not always understand.

 

Here are some ways that a child learns through play:

 

When I Easel Paint I Learn:
  • To develop my imagination and creativity (intelligence)
  • To develop eye-hand coordination (writing skills)
  • To distinguish and purposely create shapes (math and writing skills)
  • To express my feelings and ideas (language)
  • That my ideas have value (self-esteem)
  • Concepts of symmetry, balance, design, and color (intelligence)
When I Finger Paint I Learn:
  • To exercise my imagination and creativity (intelligence)
  • About how to mix colors to make new colors (science, intelligence)
  • Concepts of shape, size, color and location (math, writing, spatial concepts)
When I Scribble and Draw I Learn:
  • To hold a pencil or other drawing implement, and to control the pressure (writing skill)
  • Eye-hand coordination (writing)
  • To exercise my imagination and creativity (intelligence)
  • That my ideas have value (self-esteem)
  • To express myself with words when describing my drawing (language)
  • The basic strokes of the printed language (writing)
When I Glue and Collage I Learn:
  • To exercise my imagination and creativity (intelligence)
  • Concepts of size, shape, color and location (math, writing, spatial concepts)
  • About different textures (intelligence)
  • How to create patterns and designs (math and writing)
  • To distinguish patterns from background (reading skills)
  • To solve problems (intelligence)
When I Cut With Scissors I Learn:
  • To control the small muscles in my hand (writing)
  • Concepts of shape, size, color and location (math, writing, spatial concepts)
  • To exercise my imagination and creativity (intelligence)
  • To solve problems (intelligence)
When I Play in Sand I Learn:
  • To exercise my imagination (intelligence)
  • Concepts of size, shape and volume (math)
  • How to use tools (writing)
  • To solve problems (intelligence)
  • Concepts of warm, cool, wet, damp, dry, heavy, light (intelligence)
  • How to play socially with others (social, emotional)
  • To create systems for classifying, ordering, and arranging (math)
  • To observe changes (math)