True play is the way children learn, and true play provides adults with insight into what a child – at least at that particular moment in time – is capable of learning.
Our YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum provides your little one with a chance to learn and grow through creative play, helping them get ready for a lifetime of learning. This signature, national YMCA play-based curriculum combines our decades of experience in child care delivery with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn.
At the Y, we believe that Playing to Learn is the best research-based approach to ensuring a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. We know that play provides the foundations for language, literacy, mathematics, science, technology, and the arts. Children discover learning through creative play, in alignment with developmental benchmarks.
Playing to Learn emphasizes:
- The importance of relationships in learning
- Learning opportunities based on the child’s interest
- Stimulating, but home-like environments filled with natural light and living things, such as plants and fish
- Guiding children through a flexible schedule
- Moving through the day in small groups
- Detailed documentation of the child’s progress
The YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum will be lead by our dedicated staff team of Early Childhood Educators, who are continuously learning and sharing with each other.
What kinds of things will your child be learning and doing?
- Language: Children will be provided with many meaningful opportunities to talk, ask questions, and respond to language.
- Reading: It’s never too early to introduce books and literacy into children’s lives. Through reading in small groups, children will be enabled to participate in literacy, and be introduced to print.
- Writing: Even picture-making is considered to be a vital component of early writing. We treat children’s first attempts at writing with the same enthusiasm as their earliest talk.
- Numeracy: The concept of numbers develops through many opportunities to count, compare, and contrast. Making use of these opportunities encourages young children to expand their mathematical reasoning, and the language needed to describe what they understand.
- Science: Children use intuition rather than logic. The process of inquiry is play, and at any age exploring materials, ideas, and relationships refine the capacity to think.
- Technology: An integral part of children’s everyday lives – children use technology to invent and/or modify structures, systems, or processes using exploration and experimentation. Activities such as block play help children to understand technology.
- Music: Experiencing music through listening and participating provides a powerful means of expressing feelings, developing humor, and supports the learning of language.
- Visual Art: In the early years, visual art involves picture-making, print-making, sculpting, and two-dimensional artwork. Producing these works gives children an early understanding of the elements of design.
- Dramatic Play: A child’s make-believe play teaches them bits and pieces of experience to understand people and their actions.
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