Play with a Purpose
“Play is the highest form of research.”
Here at Jack and Jill we follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for best practices of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. We believe that children learn best through hands-on experiences in a child-initiated atmosphere, as opposed to a primarily teacher-directed setting. Throughout our time together we will be reinforcing our philosophy that children learn best through play, but we would like to emphasize that much learning is actually occurring.
Learning through play may lead many to assume that we have a non-academic program, because they don’t see the more traditional school activities such as flash cards, worksheets or rote learning. Nothing is here by accident. It is purposeful, and chosen to enhance the children’s skills and experiences, and in reality you will see academics and the over-arching Six Domains of Early Childhood represented throughout our school. Here are some examples of academic topics that you will see in class each day that may not be obvious at first glance:
One of Teacher Kim's favorite places in our school is the water table. This feature encompasses all six of the domains as the children experience play. They use and develop Gross Motor and Fine Motor dexterity, Language, Math (counting, measuring), Science, and Social Skills (sharing, cooperation, patience). It is the very definition of learning through play. The acquisition of the above competencies will guide the children in their own excitement of discovery, knowledge and learning of new skills, giving them the confidence and ability to self-regulate, resolve conflicts and be socially capable.
In conclusion, our intent here at school is to gift our children with the desire to be inveterate learners, inquisitive explorers and eager students.
“Play is really the work of childhood.”