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June 19, 2019

Playing for Academic Success

Tonight we were focused on communication and friendship.  Young children depend on language and communication to make their wants and needs known, solve problems, ask questions and play with others.  Families joined us in play tonight and they learned ways to continue learning at home such as

  • Reading books and telling stories are important ways to support young children’s communication and language skills,
  • Exposing children to new vocabulary using books based on children’s interests and cultures,
  • Through observations, children begin to make a connection between actions and reactions. Understanding cause and effect helps children predict and explain events in new contexts. Building with blocks, mixing paint, experimenting with items that sink or float in water or banging on a pot to hear it make noise are great ways to help teach cause and effect,
  • Pattern play helps children make sense of the world by breaking and sorting information into meaningful “chunks,” allowing children to create new understandings. Patterns can be found in nature as children explore shapes, characteristics and sort objects found on a nature walk. Children can observe patterns in seasons and in the sky through the shapes and movement of the clouds, sun, moon and stars. Help children to identify patterns in language through speech and rhymes.

Children gain knowledge through their play. They learn to think, remember and solve problems. Children increase their p   roblem-solving abilities through games and puzzles. They strengthen their language skills by modeling other children and adults.  So make time each day to play and increase your vocabulary together.