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Play Based Learning

Play and Project Based Learning

Research has proven time and time again that young children learn best through structured and unstructured play experiences. You’ll generally find two approaches to early childhood education – a play based approach and an academics based approach. Both have their benefits, however, research shows that children with a play based education continue to show positive academic results well after students with academic early childhood experiences.

What does play-based learning mean?

Our classrooms are set up to provide thoughtful play experiences. For us that means we are looking a what our students are interested in and offering them play experiences in different areas that can help them deepen their understanding of the subject and investigate it in new ways. Students can choose to do dramatic play, visit the class library, do art, explore in the science and technology centers or use math manipulatives, as well as play outside to explore the things that interest them most.

Will my child learn anything in a play-based school?
Yes! Your child will have circle time each day with their teacher where they learn different concepts. When students have their play time, they are able to explore these concepts and topics further. For example, toddlers learning about colors would have a chance to explore mixing colors in art, reading books with vibrant pictures about colors in the library, “cook” with foods of different colors in dramatic play, or explore color with a light table in the science center. In our VPK classroom students will work on concepts like letters, letter sounds, onset and rime, rhyming words, numbers, basic addition, and more!