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Establishing a play-based classroom environment doesn't mean that the teachers don't value literacy and other academic skills, or that you won't see these skills supported in a play-based environment. It does mean that when you observe a play-based preschool program, it may take some adjustment to perceive how the children are learning. In a play-based program such as ours, you are unlikely to see teachers giving rote instruction on concepts such as letters, numbers, shapes, or colors. Instead, you are likely to observe these subject matters integrated into the daily activities and routines in the classroom, reflecting our school's philosophy that children learn best through concrete and relevant experiences.

For example, young children experiment with science and math concepts in the block area, at the water and sand table, and in the art area. Through their activities in these areas of the classroom, students are exploring ideas of color, mass and volume, weight and measure. Children are supported in these endeavors by having adults present who are willing to sit down with them as they play, listen to their ideas, and have conversations with them that extend their comprehension of how the world works.

Our approach supports positive social experiences that help children learn what it is like to be a member of a group and learn about the structures and routines of school experiences. Critical thinking skills—such as articulating and exchanging ideas, listening to other points of view, reconciling differing opinions, inventing novel ways of solving problems—are skills that involve complex, higher-order cognitive functioning and are essential for children to develop as they grow and learn. Such skills these emerge naturally in preschool children through play, especially when they are given the time and space to experiment and explore, to encounter problems and to solve them, with the support of sensitive adults. 

Last updated on August 10, 2010 by Admin