We believe that “ play is the child’s work”.
Play is the chance to imagine, explore and experiment.
Play is the way children make sense of the world around them.
Play is how children learn.
Teachers set the stage for learning by providing a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities designed to create interactions and experiences which teach children to:
- develop feelings of security and success
- express thoughts and ideas
- share and take turns
- explore and expand abilities and interests
- teach concepts such as color, shape, number and size
- improve small and large muscle development and coordination
- introduce new ideas
Every teacher-child interaction brings an opportunity to learn.
Learning is integrated into the moment at hand, for example; when discussing whether the bucket of sand is blue or yellow, empty or full; or helping children count themselves to decide how many cups the class needs for snack time.
Learning is planned when a teacher prepares a project requiring the children to learn a new skill or concept such as cutting with scissors or stringing a necklace.
Learning is prompted as a response to the children’s interest; for example bringing in a nest, a hummingbird feeder and displaying photographs when children are excited and curious after seeing a hummingbird visiting flowers in the play yard.
” My daughter has had a positive experience at RLC. We love the philosophy of learning through play which is so important at this developmental stage.” – Justine, mother of a RPS student