Learning through Play…

It is exciting getting ready for the beginning of a new school year! New clothes, new school supplies, seeing old friends and meeting new friends… My passion is teaching children. I love what I do, and I am always so excited to introduce children to something new. I love watching them take a new idea and use some old knowledge to put their own spin on it. I also love being an observer of how children play. Through Play is how children learn best. While getting ready for Open House I was trying to find some new play quotes to post in the classroom. I ran across this idea to make a book with children playing in different centers and posting the following on each page.
Dramatic Play – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing social skills, emotional skills, independence, oral language, my imagination, responsibility, and the executive function. I may use these skills as a mother, father, safety officer, or politician one day.
Blocks – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing motor skills, math concepts (number, size, shape, space), oral language, social skills. eye-hand coordination, self control, and my imagination. I may be a builder or architect when I’m grown.
Art – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing my creativity, small motor skills, problem solving, sharing, cooperation, independence and responsibility. I may use these skills as an artist, illustrator, or designer one day.
Math – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing oral language,; social skills, small motor skills, concepts about quantity, shape, size, pattern, and an interest in math. I may use these tools as a computer programmer, accountant, or mathematician in the future.
Library – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing alphabet knowledge, oral language, print knowledge, listening skills, eye-hand coordination, concepts about the world, and the desire to read. Maybe I’ll be a publisher, author, or librarian when I grow up.
Science – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing a curiosity about the world, sensory skills, problem solving, language skills, and experience with the scientific process (observing, predicting, experimenting, recording, reporting). If I’m a doctor, lab technician, pharmacist, or landscaper I will utilize these skills.
Table Toys – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing small muscles, eye-hand coordination, attention span, social skills, and concepts about size, shape, color pattern. I might use these skills as a chef or dentist one day.
Language – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing oral language, alphabet knowledge, print connections, phonological awareness, visual skills, book knowledge, phonics; motivation to read. No matter what I become when I grow it, it will be important to know how to read.
Writing – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing eye-hand coordination, small motor skills, alphabet knowledge, self confidence, vocabulary, and an interest in print. I might use these skills one day as a journalist, administrative assistant, or poet.
http://drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com/2012/07/school-is-fun.html
I love Dr. Jean! It is not our job to throw worksheets at a child and flashcards will just make them hate learning. It is our job to teach them their letters, numbers, shapes, colors, math, writing, creating, social, fine motor, gross motor skills, and even reading without them even knowing they are learning! You can teach a child so much by just getting down on their level and playing with them. Expand their play, ask them questions, challenge their thinking, show them a new way to try something, research a subject they are interested in. The best thing you can do for your child… be available to PLAY!
Thanks for reading! Enjoy the last 10 days of summer!
Miss Carina :o)

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