Monday, February 4, 2013

Playful Learning

Mr. Roger's once said:

"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."

At St. George's Preschool play is all about learning and learning is all about play. The more fun we have the more we are likely to remember what we have learned and use these facts throughout life. Did you know snowflakes have six points and no two are alike?

Some of the ways we have been learning about the winter season is by making cloud dough out of flour and baby oil, cutting out snowflakes, making snowflakes out of miniature marshmallows and toothpicks, making construction paper snow people by tracing different size circles, cutting them out, gluing the shapes together by size and putting on the finishing touches like faces, boots and hats. Of course these masterpieces would not be complete without the children writing their names on their finished work.

Children have dressed up in mittens, hats and scarfs and even been ice skating in their own classrooms. Yes, you can skate in your own classroom by taping down a large piece of thick plastic to the floor and sprinkling it with a bit of flour. The children then use their wonderful imaginations and skate to music on their very own magical pond in their socks! You will even notice a snow angel or two being made.

These winter activities are finished off by making homemade ice cream or snow cones. Wouldn't you like to join us?

      Enjoy Learning All About Winter
                    Through Play!