It’s Playtime! Play is an essential part of learning. It is one of the ways to promote imagination and interactive play among children. This term, our Senior Kindergarten students had a wonderful experience of exploring the indoor playgrounds in the city, Kids Park. They enjoyed playing on the slides, trampoline, block area, rotating soft chairs, ball shooting cannon, hopper ball and well-padded climbing equipment. Playing keeps children active and healthy. It also improves their social skills and enhances their creativity
Technology has educational and other benefits for young children, but how much technology is healthy? How much time should young children spend in front of the screen watching and playing their electronic gadgets? The simple answer: not much! In fact, none for children under two years of age. Experts suggest that babies and toddlers are restricted from any screens.
We know that a child’s brain develops rapidly during these first few years of life, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. Playing freely with other children is important for children to relax and have fun. It also helps kids become socially aware and helps them gain confidence to interact with others.
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Today our JK students had a blast playing with their friends after completing 1 term of studying.
Today our nursery and preschool students get their whole bodies involved through play. It provides them with experiences outside their everyday activities in school. Their ability to play in their make-believe allows them to transform a simple object into a play prop.
Young learners imitate what they see around them. Common play includes jumping, running, sliding, building blocks and driving cars or trucks. Shared interests encourage them to pay attention to others, ask questions, offer help, make suggestions and provide feedback. When children are in a healthy environment, they progress through each stage at their own level of development. Some students learn by observing others without interactions. They focus intently on watching others play, they may engage in conversation but do not otherwise participate. But most of them play alongside others with similar objects such as blocks, they engaged in the same play activity without organized goal. They shared blocks or tools but do not build the same structure.
Today is a good day to be happy and thankful. Nursery and preschool had a blast! Term 1 is over, looking forward to more fun and marvelous days ahead.