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WHEN I PLAY WITH BLOCKS, I AM LEARNING…

  • Concepts of shape, size, space, and serration– all relative to learning to read
  • Concrete use of counting and one-to-one correspondence
  • Simple classifying
  • To exercise imagination and creativity
  • To express my idea
  • To cooperate with others
  • To solve problems

WHEN I PAINT, DRAW OR "DO ART" I AM LEARNING…

  • SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS
    • Self-help — independence
    • Problem solving
    • Risk-taking
    • To develop my imagination and creativity
    • To express my feelings and ideas
    • That my ideas have value
  • COGNITIVE SKILLS
    • Relationships of space and size, necessary for mathematics Concepts of symmetry balance and design.
    • To distinguish shapes, and purposely create shapes
    • The names of colors and how to make new colors
    • To distinguish patterns from background, necessary for learning to read
  • PHYSICAL SKILLS
    • Manipulation of tools/fine motor control
    • Gross motor control
    • To control sensory stimulus
    • Eye-hand coordination, useful for learning to write

WHEN I PLAY WITH SAND, WATER, BIRDSEED, BEANS, ETC. I AM LEARNING…

  • Concepts of size, shape, volume, empty and full
  • How to use tools
  • Concepts of warm, cool, wet damp, dry, heavy, light
  • To play socially with others
  • To exercise my imagination
  • To create systems for classifying, ordering and arranging; skills used in math
  • To observe change

WHEN I LOOK AT BOOKS, LISTEN TO STORIES OR DO DICTATION, I AM LEARNING…

  • Reading is important and enjoyable
  • 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 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 explore sequencing and to follow the development of thoughts and ideas in the plot of a story

WHEN I PLAY WITH PLAYDOUGH OR CLAY, I AM LEARNING…

  • To see the shape against the background of the table?relevant to reading
  • Concepts of shapes, relative sizes, big, small, more less, etc. That the amount of substance remains the same, even when the shape changes
  • To control the fine muscles in my fingers and hands

WHEN I WORK WITH GLUE, TAPE AND COLLAGE MATERIAL, I AM LEARNING…

  • To exercise my imagination and creativity
  • Concepts of shape, size location and design which are relevant to learning to read
  • About things that are sticky and have different textures
  • How to create patterns and designs
  • To distinguish patterns and background
  • To problem solve

WHEN I PARTICIPATE IN COOKING PROJECTS, I AM LEARNING…

  • How heat and cold change things
  • Concepts of volume and measurement
  • Vocabulary
  • Part-whole relationships?basic math concepts
  • About nutrition
  • An awareness of my own and other’s cultures
  • Safety

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 and tone as well as words
  • To use my imagination
  • To express emotions

WHEN I USE SCISSORS, I AM LEARNING…

  • To control the small muscles of my hand
  • Concepts of shape, size, and location
  • To exercise my imagination and creativity
  • About properties of paper, play dough, fabrics, etc.

WHEN I EXAMINE OBJECTS FROM NATURE, I AM LEARNING…

  • New vocabulary
  • To use special tools for discovery such as magnifying glasses and magnets
  • To group objects into categories and observe likenesses and differences
  • To experience real objects and not just pictures
  • To appreciate nature and nurture a sense of wonder

WHEN I PLAY ON THE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT OR WHEEL TOYS I AM LEARNING…

  • Self confidence as I develop new skills
  • Physical strength, coordination and balance
  • Coordination of large muscles of legs, torso and arms
  • Concepts of speed, direction and location
  • To cooperate with others using the same space
  • To problem solve
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