Children love to play and they can do it anywhere. Doesn’t matter if it is at home, at daycare, preschool, their Child Development Center or at a romantic dinner with Mommy & Daddy. They learn through play and other hands-on activities. So should children simply have free play all day? Or is a structured environment better?
We say a little bit of both.
They love to touch and feel. Run and jump. Sing and dance. This is how they learn – by doing. But children also love routines. Routines provide the structure and dependability that children need.
Here is a sample of a preschool schedule that provides hands-on learning and free play with structure.
Structure & Free Time Will Boost Your Child’s Learning Ability!
|6:30||Arrival, breakfast, centers|
|9:45||Table Work Time|
|11:45||Music & Movement|
|3:30||Outdoor or Indoor Play|
|4:15||Outdoor or Indoor Play|
Transitions between these activities will include creative developmental play in many different interest centers: table games, science centers, dress up centers, floor puzzles, table puzzles, library center, block center, rice and water tables, kitchen centers, make believe centers and much more. Times are approximate.