According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an early childhood education association and accreditor, when children play, they are thinking, innovating, negotiating, and taking risks. They create make-believe events and scenarios as they practice concepts they’ve learned. Early learning settings are the best environments within which to practice these skills and attitudes because they’re safe places to take risks and try new ideas and possibilities.
By having fun children build and refine social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. It helps them retain key information. Play builds confidence so children feel comfortable as they meet challenges in life; it teaches them to persevere, try new things, and gain character values.
Here are some ways children learn through play at Kiddie Academy:
• Puzzles, jigsaws, and building blocks: These help early learners understand shapes, sizes, order and logic
• Outdoor play: Running, games, and climbing help develop coordination, body movement, and social skills
• Dress up, painting, and dolls: Activities like these encourage self-expression, creativity and imagination
Playing comes naturally to young children. It expands their creativity, letting them fully express themselves as artists, leaders, athletes, playwrights, chefs and so much more.
Kiddie Academy of Des Peres was recently awarded its NAEYC accreditation. This is presented to early childhood education providers that meet a high criteria of excellence. Kiddie Academy of O’Fallon is also NAEYC accredited.
To find out more about Kiddie Academy of Des Peres and Kiddie Academy of O’Fallon and their unique, high-quality learning programs, visit www.kiddieacademy.com/stlouis.
Registration for fall preschool is now open! Contact Kiddie Academy of Des Peres or Kiddie Academy of O’Fallon to schedule your personalized tour.
An educationally-based childcare center, Kiddie Academy serves families of children ages six weeks to Pre-K in new, state-of-the-art facilities that feature cutting-edge technology. Child-specific learning through play methodology is utilized to provide developmental opportunities for children that focus on their interests and capabilities and include character education and a focus on health and fitness. The Life Essentials® Pillars of education prepares children fully for school and for life.
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