Creative Play is an important part of any early childhood classroom; however, are you sure you are dedicating enough time to it? The stakes are high. We now know that if a child leaves the first grade struggling to read, it is a good indicator that there will be more academic challenges ahead for him. So, with so much emphasis placed on building a strong literacy skills, sometimes creative play is placed on the back burner. Instead of playing at the kitchen center in preschool, students are doing early phonics worksheets. While I feel that all of the components of a sound reading program are important, I believe that creative play in the preschool classroom is just as important, if not more.
learn through creative play.
Luckily, we found the perfect preschool match for her. She is attending a school that uses the "Tools of the Mind" curriculum. It is a play-based program that heavily emphasizes the importance of learning through play. She is excelling, and I am learning right beside her. I believe that gaining self-confidence and strong social skills by playing can help build a solid foundation for life-long learning.
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