It may appear that your child is "just playing." However, according to the latest research in brain devleopment, children learn best through play. Dr. Bruce Perry, Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children's Hopsital, states in his article entitled, Curiosity, Pleasure and Play: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective, "Play, more than any other acivity, fuels healthy development of young children."
Our classrooms are arranged by a variety of interest areas that provide opportunities for each child to move to these areas by choice. These learning centers include books, blocks, art, puzzles, science, manipulatives, dramatic play, musical instruments, emergent writing and sensory exploration.
During these center times, children have the opportunity to practice making decisions, following directions, working indepently or cooperatively with a friend and learning how to care for and use materials properly.