Friday, 1 December 2017


BENEFITS OF DRAMATIC PLAY


In Kindergarten, children are encouraged to get involved in the world of make-believe and to participate in pretend play every day:





      



1. To encourage imagination and creativity
Research has identified that an important benefit of early pretend play is its enhancement of a child’s capacity for cognitive flexibility and, ultimately, creativity. By absorbing themselves in an imaginative game, whatever it may be, children are given the opportunity to practice using their imagination, to exercise their brain and train it to think creatively and to learn how to think for themselves. 


    


2. To support the social and emotional development
When a child engages in pretend or imaginative play, by pretending to be different characters or by controlling objects in their own way and observing the result, they are essentially experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. It’s about learning who they are as individuals and how they fit into the world around them, how the world works and how to walk in somebody else’s shoes. They develop empathy and learn how to co-operate, to become responsible and how to share responsibility.


   


3. To improve language and communication skills
It is fascinating to listen to our children interacting with friends. They often come out with words or phrases that we had no idea they knew! They can do very amusing impersonations of their parents, carers, and teachers too! 


   



4. To develop thinking, learning and problem-solving abilities
By its very nature, pretend play presents children with a variety of different problems to solve and scenarios to think about carefully. Deciding what games to play, what roles to take on, who will be involved and how, what materials are needed for the game and what rules apply to the game, and how to overcome scenarios where something “goes wrong”, all require much thought and deliberation in one way or another. 






5. To enhance physical development

Aside from all the wonderful cognitive benefits that pretend play has to offer, it is important to remember that pretend play is very often physical and is a wonderful way for children to be active, to exercise and to develop their gross- and fine-motor skills.




Monday, 6 November 2017

BLOCK CENTRE 









Construction play develops all types of skills and behaviours:

The physical skills necessary to manipulate and control chosen toy and manipulatives.

Problem-solving skills and ability to test ideas: balance, proportion, and other concepts.

The ability to plan the use of materials to see a design idea become a reality: represent thoughts and ideas.

Perseverance in the face of construction challenges.

Cooperative skills and teamwork: behaviours necessary to successfully and collaboratively complete a task together.



Monday, 2 October 2017

BENEFITS OF LEARNING CENTRES
Learning centres are areas within the classroom where students learn about specific subjects and concepts by playing and engaging in activities.

Play is an active form of learning that involves the whole self. The focus of learning in Kindergarten is achieved through exploration and discovery.

Learning centres are age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate learning stations that allow Kindergarten children to:
  • be independent
  • freely choose and experiment with materials that they find interesting
  • investigate, explore, and discover things that are new to them and make connections with things that they already know
  • understand and make sense of the real world and their personal experiences in it
  • develop social and communication skills, and build relationships
  • use up excess energy
  • relax, be themselves, and express themselves
  • take risks without fear of failure
  • explore in their own way and direct their own learning
  • be self-motivated by concentrating on things that interest them
  • see things through another person's point of view by working together
  • face positive challenges and gain self-esteem through success
  • feel accomplished by completing purposeful activities

Learning Centres in Kindergarten

Circle Time and
Block Centre / Construction Area


Dramatic Play Centre


Reading, ICT, and Puppetry Corner

Message and Writing Centre

Numeracy Centre

Literacy Centre

Fine-Motor and Playdough Centre

Science and Arts Centre



Easel Centre















Monday, 4 September 2017


CIRCLE TIME


Circle time is the most important time of our morning in Kindergarten classTherefore, I encourage all the parents to kindly bring your child to school before 8.30am every day.




Benefits of Circle Time:

  • sing 'Hello' and acknowledge each other
  • come together as a community of learners, as community
  • share our thoughts, listen to one another
  • actively participate together
  • show how we behave appropriately in a group
  • introduce new concepts and ideas
  • take-turns to show and model activities to our peers
  • read, sing and dance together
  • build a sense of respect and support for one another
  • promote a feeling of safety and security from knowing the routine of the day



Sunday, 29 January 2017

Dramatic Play Area



     Through dramatic play, children identify with models, roles and unique situations in their environment. Through meaningful experiences in expressive play, young children develop positive, comfortable feelings about themselves.





     Children experiment with different roles as they explore the familiar and the unknown through pretend play. The dramatic play area is filled with props and dress-up clothes to encourage imagination. In term 1, this area was set-up as a kitchen/home living area. This term, it is the beach.



     Children learn to work with other children, to share, and to make compromises (who gets to be the mother? the father? the baby?). They also practice verbal skills and develop an understanding of symbolic representation that leads to the development of reading and writing skills.



     In the Dramatic Play area, children break through their restrictions of reality as they pretend to be anyone or anything they choose. 






     When engaged in role-play, children deepen their understanding of the world around them and develop life-long skills.