Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The Value of Play
Play-based learning allows your child to express their creative side. One of the favorite things for two-year-olds to play is imitating what they see you doing. Give them a broom and they will work beside you, find a rake their size and you'll get some fun times together gathering leaves. This is a great age where pretend play will blossom. Play-based learning is perfect for this stage and can be achieved through many items: toy cars, dolls and a farm with animals. All of these will help your child stimulate their creative side.
When your child has reached a level where they have gained confidence and developed language skills, it will become easier to engage in some great play times that will actually be learning experiences. You will have the chance to teach patience, counting and taking turns; three concepts that are extremely important for children to achieve to enable more enriched social encounters. Your child will benefit in a Montessori environment where they will be given hands-on activities based on what they are interested in. They have the options of interacting in a play kitchen, science area, water table, space block or the reading nook with teacher guidance to play and interact.
With the guidance of a Montessori teacher, your child will be introduced to play-based learning by using real-life simulation. Their playtime will include real like items that have been designed to their appropriate height. These items will be things seen in everyday life such as; kitchen items, tableware, tools and more. They will play with others while actually receiving a learning experience for appropriate social skills and how to get along with others.
Preschool time is when your child should learn emotional and social skills so they are ready to go onto academic learning later. Play-based learning is exactly what will help your child develop these skills in a setting that is organized with a plan and routine for their day. The Montessori preschool program prepares your child for kindergarten by giving them a sense of confidence and teaches them how to interact with adults and other children in different settings.
Contact a Montessori school in your area today and get your child started on the right path for their future. Enter them into a play-based learning environment to enhance their social and language skills as well as independence and self-confidence.