At The International Preschools, play-based learning is at the core of our teaching philosophy. On our website, it states that play is the central activity in the life of a child, and through our structured, teacher led play-based activities, children learn naturally how to think, how to solve problems, and how to achieve goals. How to express their ideas and their emotions, how to cooperate, collaborate and respect each other, how to be a friend. Skills that children will use every day, for their entire lives, are learned simply by taking risks, trying new things, and exploring through play. Our teachers facilitate this play-based learning by establishing learning-center activities in the classroom. The teachers ask questions, provide prompts and share their knowledge to engage the children in the play-based activity.
Curriculum Night at The International Preschools takes place this week. Our 76th Street location hosted their Curriculum Night last night, while the 45th Street and 86th Street schools will welcome parents tonight. At all three locations, parents will have the opportunity to partake in play-based learning first hand.
Classroom centers will be set up to depict what activities occur in each area, and what skills children obtain and cultivate there. At the 76th Street location, many parents took part in morning meeting, while others engaged in Table Time, Writing/Math Workshops, and a variety of Choice Time (free play) centers. The parents left with a good sense of understanding on how play-based learning works…by experiencing it themselves!
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