SMALL FRIENDS PRESCHOOL AND CHILDCARE IN MAPLE GROVE
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What Children are Learning from PLAY


Play is a child’s way of learning!​The stickiness of our teaching begins with allowing children to learn through play. 

 What are students learning through FREE CHOICE play centers… 

Math concepts such as…

 Symmetry 

Geometry 

Counting

 Number Sense 

Sorting 

Matching 

Classification 

​Executive Functioning Skills such as…

 Thinking ahead 

Inventiveness 

Exploration 

Identity 

Self worth 

Relationships

 Self-directed learning

 Creativity

 Reflection

 Peacefulness 

Sense of power 

Sense of control 

Sense of belongingand there’s more……

 it starts with the child and not with the subject matter. 

 Literacy concepts such as… 

Sequence 

Writing (developmentally appropriate composing through illustrations)

 Letters and their corresponding sounds

 Storytelling

 Literature

 Composition 

Creating over time

 Revising

 Revisiting confusions

 RetellingSocial skills such as…

 Collaboration 

Compromise 

Social relationships

 ​Sharing

 Learning

 Process skills such as… 

 Sense of ownership

 Concentration

 Persistence 

Overcoming challenges 

Adapting

 Flexibility

 Preparing 

Planning 

Connection of ideas