Play and Learn
At FIS, we believe that play is not simply an opportunity for children to freely express themselves; it is a sequence of directed activities designed to help children understand certain physical, moral and intellectual principles.
1. When your child builds with blocks:
- S/he learns to use his imagination to create something from his own thinking.
- S/he has the satisfaction of being able to make something.
- S/he learns about sizes and shapes, weights and balances, height and depth, smoothness and roughness.
- S/he is exercising his/her body.
- S/he may be learning to play with others.
2. When your child paints:
- S/he is more concerned with the process s/he is going through than the finished product.
- S/he learns about colors and how s/he can use them.
- S/he learns to use his/her imagination and transfers his/her ideas to paper.
- S/he gets emotional satisfaction from being able to express himself.
- S/he learns how to use small muscle coordination to handle a brush.
- S/he learns to make choices and decisions.
3. When your child plays in the doll corner:
- S/he learns what the roles of mothers, fathers and children are.
- S/he understands what it feels like to play at being somebody other than himself.
- S/he learns how to use his/her imagination.
- S/he learns to cooperate with other children
4. When your child makes a gift out of paper and paste:
- S/he learns about doing things for others.
- S/he learns how to use materials like scissors and paste.
- S/he learns how to use his imagination to make the kind of present he has in mind. Once again the process, not the finished product, is important to him.
- S/he learns about shapes, sizes, colors and textures.
5. When your child plays on the outdoor equipment:
- S/he learns how to use his/her body effectively.
- S/he experiences joy of achieving a skill.
- S/he has fun and relaxation to be found in bodily movement.
- S/he learns the limitations of his/her body.
- S/he learns safety and caution.
- S/he learns to take turns and to share a piece of equipment.
6. When your child plays with sand and water:
- S/he finds it soothing to bury his hands in sand or pour water in and out of cups.
- S/he is able to relax with this media and center his/her attention on a task.
- S/he has an opportunity to play alone and not have to compete with other children as with some activities. This is especially important to a child who has trouble getting along with friends.
- S/he has a great opportunity to learn about size and measurement experimenting with measuring spoons, cups and different size containers.
- S/he learns which kind of things float in water.
- S/he is not concerned with a final product so s/he does not find it frustrating.
7. When your child works with puzzles:
- S/he has an opportunity to work alone or together with other children.
- S/he gains satisfaction in completing a puzzle and builds his self-confidence.
- S/he has an opportunity to improve his/her eye-hand coordination.
8. When your child listens to stories or looks at books
- S/he learns to listen.
- S/he has an opportunity to increase her/his vocabulary by hearing new words.
- S/he learns about different concepts, people and places.
- S/he learns to enjoy books and reading.
- Her/his mind is stimulated, visualizing the things s/he is hearing about.
IT LOOKS LIKE PLAY BUT WE ARE LEARNING
- TO WORK AND PLAY TOGETHER
- TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
- TO LISTEN AS WELL AS SPEAK
- TO EXPRESS OURSELVES CREATIVELY
- TO GROW IN SELF-CONTROL
- TO GROW FROM DEPENDENCE TO INDEPENDENCE
- TO LISTEN TO DIRECTIONS AND FOLLOW THEM
- TO DEVELOP GOOD WORKING HABITS
- TO FINISH WHAT WE START
- TO CLEAN UP AFTER WORK TIME
- TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP ACTIVITIES
- TO ENJOY USING A VARIETY OF MATERIALS
- TO SHARE TOYS, EQUIPMENT AND EXPERIENCES
- TO DRAMATIZE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES
- TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN BOOKS
- TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN THE WORLD AROUND US
- TO IMPROVE MUSCULAR COORDINATION
- TO DEVELOP NEW INTEREST AND EXTEND OLD ONES
- TO UNDERSTAND NEW WORDS AND BE ABLE TO USE THEM
- TO BE HAPPY