Sunday, June 14, 2015


Children learn through play.
     That’s why we offer learning centers. 
Children learn by doing. 
     That’s why we sing and move.
Children learn through their senses.
     That’s why we provide multi-sensory activities.
Children learn through language.
     That’s why they need to talk.
Children learn on their own level.
     That’s why we create open-ended activities.
Children learn through encouragement.
     That’s why we cheer and celebrate with them.
Children learn through imitation.
     That’s why we model what we want them to do.
Children learn through repetition.
     That’s why we have games they’ll want to play again and again.
Children learn by experimenting.
     That’s why it’s O.K. to make mistakes.
Children learn by interacting with their friends.
     That’s why we encourage partner and small group activities.
Children learn in a safe, nurturing environment.
     That’s why we strive to create a happy classroom community.
Children learn through wholeness.
     Heart~mind~body are dynamically interrelated in that wonderful child! Every experience in the classroom is connected in the brain to construct knowledge.  There's not a song that you sing or a game that you play or a book that you read or an art project that you do that isn't important.  It doesn't have to be "rigor" for children to learn!!!

If you haven't read this article in the New York Times about bringing "play" back to kindergarten you'll certainly want to read it today.