Preparation for Kindergarten
Learning Through Play
Play is an act of discovery that helps develop the imagination and helps to prepare children for later life.
It helps children make sense of their world. Play is fun, but for the young child it is also work. We watch closely, work together, and play together with the children to extend the play and learning.
The pre-school years are an exciting time of tremendous growth and development for our children. Our curriculum guides and stimulates learning in all areas of development.
This is a child's way of working out relationships. Through the exploration of family and community helper roles, children develop their concepts of group membership and mutual support. The need for cooperation in a family becomes quickly apparent to the child who is pretending to be a mother, father, baby or grandparent.
Cooperative behaviors can be encouraged and supported through play. Through role playing, children find a means of expressing emotions, fears, and anxieties in an acceptable, non-threatening form. Such involvement can help children to deal with feelings that might be uncomfortable or frightening for them.
Dramatic play can help children view situations from another point of view, promoting intellectual and social development, and provides a variety of language experiences. Block play helps children learn to plan ahead, work together, and problem solve. As they try out their ideas, use their imaginations, and reconstruct aspects of their environment, they also learn about the size, shape, measurement, color and physics (concepts of balance). They learn about the relationship between size and capacity.
Naples Little Bunch Preschool