What Children Learn At Kindergarten?
Firstly and most importantly:
- I learn to be away from you.
- I learn to work with teachers and other adults.
- I learn to work with a large group of children.
- I learn to work alone.
- I learn to share and cooperate.
- I learn simple rules and routines.
- I learn to complete tasks and activities.
- I learn to question and to answer.
- I learn to be independent but not afraid to ask for help.
- I learn to select and choose.
- I learn to share my family experiences with others.
I need to learn about the world around me by:
- Finding out what things are called.
- How they work.
- Where they come from.
- What they are made of and who makes them.
- How they feel, taste, smell, look and sound.
- If they will hurt me.
- How they grow and develop.
To get the most from kinder I need an encouraging adult to help me do it ‘my way’ and my way is through PLAY.
PLAY needs to be:
- Open ended – it is their mind, their activity, their experience and their learning (NOT OURS AS AN ADULT)
- Social, emotional, cognitive and physical.
- Meeting the needs of the individual child.
- Relaxed and natural.
- Owned by the child.
Children PLAY to experience and make sense of the world.
PLAY experiences need to reflect the needs, interests and levels of development of the child.
The kinder environment needs to foster PLAY and creativity and open ended experiences.
Take a look at Beverley Hills Preschool