We’ve shared how important the teachers are in your child’s life, but did you know that their learning environment is just as important? The environment is the foundation for learning. It’s no secret that at Phase Family Center we believe that every parent is a child’s first and best teacher, and that every teacher is a champion for children and families. We have a secret tool in our teaching tool kit: Our Space! Our space will be the third teacher, providing a place that inspires learning.
Young children learn best through hands-on participation and experience. Where they do that needs to be open for them to be creative, and curious. Sometimes this occurs independently, but often it’s in small groups, and other times it happens in our large group activities. Our classrooms will be designed to allow relationships to be flourish with other children, a place for engagement with their teacher, or interacting with materials and the environment around them. The possibilities are endless at Phase Family Center. We’ll have specific classrooms to explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
In our science classroom, our students will have the opportunity to experiment, learn about the life cycle, explore the solar system, and so much more. Our classrooms will be designed in a way to inspire curiosity. Blocks, Legos, plastic tiles, even sticks are favorite materials for building, imagining, and creating.
In the Phase Family Center Construction room, your kiddos will get to build, and engineer to their heart’s content! What’s better than creating a rocket ship out of a box? Or building a train track with bridges around the room?
Just like you, I love to have something colorful and fun made by my child to stick on the fridge…who doesn’t? There is so much more to art! Art provides a way for self-expression! Yes, there are the usual crayons, markers, and paint… but there is also clay, and paper mache’! Learning about art history, and the process and different styles of art really helps young minds develop a true appreciation for art. Teachers will set up a variety of concrete materials for children to explore the world around them and strategically plan for creative repetition of key concepts over time.
We are so excited to share the upcoming Phase Family Learning Center with Alpharetta parents. Keep in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to hear more about this amazing new resource for our community’s children.
Have you ever overheard your little in their room by themselves chatting away? Take a peek next time and you will see their imagination at work. Better yet, go join them! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.”
In the preschool world, we know that having the opportunity for unstructured play in the classroom promotes:
- Imagination: A stick becomes a wand, a box can be a toaster. When a child plays their mind flourishes with imagination. This kind of outside-of-the-box thinking plays a huge role in developing creative thinking.
- Socialization: As children play together they learn about their friends. They watch, imitate, model, and interact with peers as they develop their understanding of social dynamics.
- Self-regulation: Play provides important opportunities for children to practice self-regulation. They develop the part of their brain that gives them the ability to control their behaviors and emotions in response to a particular situation.
- Problem solving: Play is a fantastic way to explore problem solving. From social problem solving to analytical problem solving; play offers endless possibilities for children to encounter organic situations and develop an intuitive sense for finding solutions.
- And so much more!
When our kiddos have the chance to create their own stories, make up their own characters, and take chances in their imaginary world it promotes freedom of expression, and really helps develop social skills on their own terms.
Play isn’t just play, its learning on your preschooler’s level. They get to pretend, role-play, explore, make new friends, and try new things! By providing our preschoolers unstructured play time, we are letting them learn based on their needs.