A main goal drives the play-based approach: for children to develop social skills by teacher modeling. Teachers give children the autonomy to choose activities based on their interests, incorporating academic skills through the deliberate incorporation of literacy, mathematics, and science in the classroom environment. The typical classroom features multiple sections including a dramatic play area, building centre, reading nook, sensory table and open art area.
– Justine Mann
Dramatic Play Centre
Dramatic play comes naturally to children in their everyday interactions with each other. When children role play they are learning social/language skills, empathy, problem solving skills,
The environment should
contain aspects of nature, realistic props that link to a
child’s real life, and incorporations of literacy and
numeracy around the space. Everything in the classroom
is carefully chosen and controlled.
Eighty five percent of brain development and growth occurs between the ages 0-6 years. A child is learning all about the world around them for the first time. Children are compartmentalizing every aspect about the world as they are exposed to each life experience, the neurons inside their brains in-turn wire together to form pathways of response. For example, a child who is stacking blocks to build a tall tower will soon learn about the concept of gravity and the cause and effect relationship behind putting too much weight at the top of the structure for the foundation to bear. As children gain more experience and their brains continue to grow and develop, their patterns of behaviour will continue to evolve with their new-found knowledge of the world around them.