“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.”
~ Fred Rogers

At Rompers Preschool, a multitude of skills are learned through multi-sensory, hands-on, emergent and play based activities. These activities are offered in a variety of “curriculum areas” and include diverse topics of interests, geared to developmentally appropriate levels of ability.
Below are some examples of activities that we have been working on at preschool, listed by curriculum area:

Construction/Engineering  

  • provides practice with social skills 
  • develops gross & fine motor skills 
  • teaches mathematical concepts (shape, size, balance, & counting) 
  • increases creativity & decision making skills 
  • enhances social studies development 
  • develops visual discrimination skills 
  • provides opportunity for dramatic play 
  • increases communication skills & oral vocabulary
      
What can you make with a box? Exploring recycled material, engineering, creativity, critical thinking skills, team-work, communicating ideas and plans to peers.
Constructing a marble maze experiment. Exploring construction, size, shape, material that sticks, cause and effect, working together, communicating ideas and shared goals.
Building unique structures on the light table, exploring size, shape, colour and fine motor skills.
Magnetism and construction, planning and creating, problem solving and decision making.
Planning and creating structures, exploring balance, shape and size .

Sensory Exploration (Sand/Water/Mud…) 

  • develops sense awareness 
  • develops concepts involving space, measurement & volume 
  • develops gross & fine muscle skills 
  • develops opportunities for problem solving & creative thinking
Exploring shapes, size, volume and experimentation with kinetic sand
Exploring sensory material and learning about volume, amount, colour and shape.

Creating with loose parts and playdough, while building fine motor skills and creativity.

Making “stew” in the mud kitchen, being creative, working together to reach a goal.
Sharing material, turn-taking, creating dialog for stories, creative use of material.

Ice cream shop: dramatic play / literacy, social skills, team-work and problem-solving, creativity and fine motor skills.
Sharing, turn-taking, problem-solving, negotiation.

Manipulative/Math/Loose Parts 

  • develops counting skills & mathematical vocabulary
  • develops understanding of numbers & number relationships 
  • develops fine motor skills 
  • develops positional understandings, such as over, under, & beside 
  • develops classification, sequencing, & reasoning skills 
  • increases creativity & decision making skills                               
Sorting, sequencing and fine motor skills
Classifying, matching, sorting, counting, fine motor skills

Loose Parts and Play foam, fine motor skills, creativity, imagination, unique use of material, exploration.

Creative Art 

  • develops creativity & imagination 
  • develops small & large muscle skills 
  • develops color concepts 
  • provides for release of positive & negative feelings 
  • increases sense awareness 
  • develops reading readiness 
  • develops pre-writing skills 
Exploring paint, creativity, motor skills, enjoyment of material, colour mixing discoveries.
Fall art invitation, fine motor skills, creativity, colour mixing, vocabulary…
Mark making, fine motor skills, literacy/pre-writing skills, creativity.
Exploring paint and different painting tools, colour, making marks, creativity and imagination.
Group art project, exploring paint with cars. Working together, social skills, creativity, motor skills, colour and design.

                            
Books/Literacy   

  • develops an appreciation of good literature 
  • encourages an interest in & respect for books and material 
  • strengthens visual perception 
  • develops imagination 
  • increases vocabulary & attention span
    develops reading readiness skills (reading from left to right & top to bottom)
                                                                           
Building literary skills by recalling and retelling a story. Developing vocabulary and imagination.
Literacy invitation, building on children’s interests. Using material to extend their understanding of spiders, encouraging creativity and imagination.
Building literacy skills, matching the alphabet.

Social Studies

  • develops sense of self, family & others, community awareness 
  • provides opportunities for locating, analyzing & evaluation data 
  • develops problem solving skills through communication & social participation 
  • develops sense of time & chronology 
  • develops listening & critical thinking skills
Learning about community, history, diversity, belonging
Making their own rules / Learning about emotions, planning, problem-solving, understanding other’s feelings and needs.

Science/Discovery 

  • develops sense awareness 
  • encourages a child’s curiosity 
  • develops observation & discrimination skills 
  • develops concepts through first-hand experience 
  • develops respect for the environment 
  • provides opportunities for care/understanding of plants & animals 
  • provides a foundation for later learning in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, etc. 
Exploring natural material and making discoveries, learning new vocabulary and scientific concepts.

Hands-on math, numbers, size, colour, sorting.

Outdoor Learning

  • encourage and develops exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development, cardiovascular endurance
  • promotes physical exercise, enjoyment of the outdoors, learning about the world
  • builds physically health, happiness and better immunity
  • develops cognitive and social-emotional skills 
  • improves sensory skills
  • increases attention spans
Exploring the rain, learning about our natural world, using nature for enjoyment.
Helping friends move, gross motor skills, social skills, team work, cooperation.
Hard at work! Dramatic play and creativity.

Group Time 

  • develops literacy skills
  • develops social skills, turn taking, listening 
  • develops language and communication skills
  • develops knowledge of new ideas and concepts 
  • promotes belonging, diversity and inclusion 
Sharing stories, ideas and new concepts, colour, counting, emotions/feelings, sharing/turn-taking, safety, being in a group, working together.

Snack 

  • promotes social skills, manners
  • builds self-help skills and responsibilities 
  • encourages healthy habits
  • encourages good nutrition 
Healthy habits, following a routine, health and wellness, caring for others and for our classroom.
Healthy eating and friendly conversation, social skills and manners.

Happy learning!
A Child’s Work is Play
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