“The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K”

Posted by design on Oct 22, 2014 in Articles we like! |

Did you see this article in the New York Times? Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager explain how meaningful PLAY is important in our pre-schools. Here at eeBoo we are always thinking how to nurture literacy, cooperation, imagination, creativity and compassion through play.

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“As they play, children develop vital cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional skills. They make discoveries, build knowledge, experiment with literacy and math and learn to self-regulate and interact with others in socially appropriate ways. Play is also fun and interesting, which makes school a place where children look forward to spending their time.”

Image via Sam Blanco http://samblanco.com/2014/09/04/aboutface/ ” I have tried out iPad apps that have similar set up, but none have been as successful as these cards”

“What does purposeful play look like? When you step into an exemplary pre-K classroom, you see a room organized by a caring, responsive teacher who understands child development. Activity centers are stocked with materials that invite exploration, fire the imagination, require initiative and prompt collaboration.”

Via Toys are Tools by Jen Choi: “eeBoo’s instructions actually advise you to talk it out. “The bear and the dog both have balls.” or “They are both playing ball.” It’s all part of organizing and practicing use of the folders of your mental file cabinet “

We’re curious! When looking for a preschool program for your 4 year old what qualities are you looking for? How do you make time for play in your home?

Read the whole NYTimes article here: http://nyti.ms/ZH4GP1

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