The purpose of block play is to assist the child in developing problem solving skills, give the child a sense of power over what he has constructed with imaginative and creative play.
Assists the child in working out ideas of self-identity, family relationships, identity with various adult roles, and the child's view of the world. Dramatic play also helps the child sort out fantasy and reality. It gives the child an opportunity to experience success and problem solving.
Outdoor activities encourage natural flow of language, cooperative play, sharing, and development of other social skills. It encourages large muscle development and physical coordination. Through outdoor activities curiosity is stimulated and the discovery of natural phenomenon and concept development (high-low, fast-slow for example). Outdoor activities also provide an excellent release of tension.
Water play provides specific concept development such as water pressure, volume, conservation, quantities, evaporation, etc. Development of senses through increased sensitivity of how things feel, smell.
The sand box aids in developing the senses, contributes to relaxation and conversation, builds social and cooperative play and problem solving skills, and the development of fundamental skills in quantities, measuring, etc.
The Science Center allows the child to learn the value of exploring and encourage discovery. It encourages observation of detail. The child develops the ability to think, reason, infer, generalize, classify, organize questions gain awareness of physical phenomenon.
Art activities foster creativity and self-expression. The child is given experience with various art media. Freedom to express personally meaningful ideas and feelings, and emotional release. Small muscle coordination of hands and fingers (necessary to reading and writing), hand-eye coordination is developed.
CLAY & PLAY DOUGH
Provides emotional release, a means of exploration and experimentation, fosters creativity and self-expression.
MOVEMENT & MUSIC
Gives the child an appreciation of music, of rhythm instruments and their creative potential. Provides self expression through creative movement. Children learn parts of their body and about themselves in relation to space through movement. Language skills and vocabulary are increase through song.
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
The child receives an appreciation of books and what books have to offer. Children learn specific concepts through literature as well as the meaning of written symbols (letters and words). Vocabulary is increased.
MANIPULATIVE (TABLE) GAMES
These games improve small muscle coordination, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, visual discrimination (likeness and differences), shape and space concepts. The child also learns the fundamentals of number concepts and abstract concepts.
GROUP TIME (TEACHER DIRECTED)
Designed to increase the child's attention span, introduce, develop and expand specific concepts, help the child learn to generalize concepts. The child is encouraged to listen and express themselves verbally. Discussion also helps to promote inductive and deductive reasoning. The development of visual and auditory memory is also promoted.
PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
Develops body agility, gross and fine motor skills, academic skills. Builds stronger bodies and promotes positive self esteem.