I’m Not Just Playing

I’m Not Just Play

WHEN I PLAY WITH BLOCKS I AM LEARNING…
• concepts of shapes, size, and space, all relative
to learning to read.
• to exercise imagination and creativity
• to express my idea
• to cooperate with others
• to solve problems
• about the properties of block

blocks

WHEN I PLAY IN Dramatic Play, I AM LEARNING…
• to be flexible in my thinking
• to express myself in sentences
• to try on different adult roles
• to solve problems, especially socially, through negotiation with friends
• to sort and organize play things
• to make decisions
• to improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something
else… a form of abstract thinking
• to carry out my ideas, with the cooperation of others
• to exercise my imagination and creativity

dressed up

WHEN I STRING BEADS, I AM LEARNING…
• eye-hand coordination
• concepts of color, shape and location
• concepts of seriation
• concepts of patterning

string beads

WHEN I PLAY WITH PLAYDOUGH OR CLAY, I AM LEARNING…
• to see the shape against the background of the table, a reading skill
• concepts of shapes, relative sizes, big, small, etc…
• that the amount of substance remains the same, even when the shape changes
• to control the fine muscles in my fingers and hands
• to see negative space when cookie cutter shapes are taken away
• numerical concepts of more and less

playdough cartoon

WHEN I SORT THINGS, I AM LEARNING…
• to notice details and likenesses and differences
in objects and form categories, essential
concepts for reading and mathematics
• concepts of color, size, and shape
• numerical concepts of more and less
• logical reasoning

sorting

WHEN I PLAY WITH PUZZLES, I AM LEARNING…
• about the relationships of parts to the whole… a basic math concept
• eye-hand coordination
• concepts of shape, size, color and location
• problem solving based on clues of the puzzle

puzzle

WHEN I PLAY ON RIDING TOYS, I AM LEARNING…
• strength, balance and coordination of large muscles
of legs, torso and arms
• concepts of speed, directions and location

bike

WHEN I PLAY WITH SAND, I AM LEARNING…
• concepts of size, shape, volume, empty and full
• how to use tools
• concepts of warm and cool, wet, damp and dry; heavy and light

sand

WHEN I PLAY ON CLIMBING EQUIPMENT, I AM LEARNING…
• self-confidence as I develop new skill
• physical strength, coordination and balance

monkey bars

WHEN I PLAY WITH WATER, I AM LEARNING…
• to observe changes as water takes different forms in different containers
• about wet, dry, and evaporation
• concepts of empty and full, volume and weight, relevant to mathematics

water table

WHEN I LOOK AT BOOKS AND HEAR STORIES, I AM LEARNING…
• that learning to read is important and enjoyable
• that letters on a page represent words… talk written down
• the meaning of more and more words
• to express my own thoughts, feelings and ideas better
• to interpret pictures to represent ideas
• to listen well to spoken language
• to make up my own stories
• to handle books with care
• aesthetic value from well done illustrations
• to recognize certain words when I see them in print
• to use more and more complex language patterns in my
own speech
• to follow the development of thoughts and ideas in the plot of a story

reading

WHEN I PLAY WITH PUPPETS, I AM LEARNING…
• to express ideas with words
• to take on the role of someone else
• to communicate with voice tones as well as words
• to use my imagination

pupets

WHEN I SING SONGS AT SCHOOL, I AM LEARNING…
• principles of music and rhythm
• memory skills and sequencing
• auditory discrimination skills – recognizing
differences in sounds, necessary for learning to read

singing

WHEN I FINGERPAINT, I AM LEARNING…
• about how colors mix to form new colors
• an acceptable way to make a mess, and have fun
sharing ideas with others who are near

finger paint

WHEN I PAINT AT THE EASEL, I AM LEARNING…
• to develop my imagination and creativity
• to notice patterns from background, necessary
for mathematics
• concepts of symmetry, balance and design

art

WHEN I PLAY WITH GLUE, AND COLLAGE MATERIALS, I AM LEARNING…
• about things that are sticky, and things that have different textures
• how to create patterns and designs, a math skill

collage and glue

WHEN I DO COOKING PROJECTS, I AM LEARNING…
• about nutrition, tastes, and food groups
• how heat and cold change things
• concepts of volume and measurements
• part-whole relationships – basic math concepts
• an awareness of my own and other cultures

cooking

THEN I PLAY WITH RHYTHM INSTRUMENTS, I AM LEARNING…
• to be conscious of rhythms in music
• concepts of fast, slow, loud and soft
• listening skills, an auditory discrimination, recognizing differences
in sounds, necessary to learn to read
• to interpret signals and cues

instrament

WHEN I PARTICIPATE IN CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES, I AM LEARNING…
• to listen and understand spoken language
• to add my ideas to the discussion. My ideas have value
• new vocabulary connected with the topic of discussion
• to remember the words of songs and poems
• to cooperate and be considerate of the needs of others
• to help plan what we will do and what we will need to do

circle time

WHEN I PLAY WITH PEGBOARDS AND PEGS, I AM LEARNING…
• one to one correspondence – one peg for one hole, an essential math counting concept
• possible left to right progression, a reading skill
• concepts of addition as I add one peg at a time
• symmetry, shapes, order and design

pegs

WHEN I SCRIBBLE AND DRAW, I AM LEARNING…
• to hold a pencil or other drawing implement and to control the pressure
• eye-hand coordination
• sometimes to express myself with words to describe my drawings

              coloring

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