WHEN YOUR CHILD WORKS WITH PUZZLES
He has an opportunity to work alone or together with other children.
She gains satisfaction in completing a puzzle and builds her self-confidence.
He has an opportunity to improve his eye-hand coordination.
She will use skills learned in doing puzzles later when she learns to read--putting letters to sounds, making words with letters and making stories with words.
WHEN YOUR CHILD LISTENS TO STORIES OR LOOKS AT BOOKS
He learns to listen.
She has an opportunity to increase her vocabulary by hearing new words.
He learns about different concepts, people and places.
She learns to enjoy books and reading.
His mind is stimulated visualizing the things he is hearing about.
She is retaining information, following story lines (sequencing) with eyes and/or ears, and is recognizing words, pictures and rhythms.
WHEN YOUR CHILD COOKS
He learns to follow directions.
She is stimulated and uses all five senses.
He learns to recognize colors and shapes from different kinds of food and kitchen utensils.
She has an opportunity to use different tools and equipment to improve small motor coordination.
WHEN YOUR CHILD LISTENS TO MUSIC, SINGS, OR DANCES
He learns to appreciate music from different countries, cultures and time periods.
She learns to express herself and her ideas.
He increases vocabulary.
She gains satisfaction from participating in an activity that can be fun, physical and/or enriching.
He is improving coordination through movement.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS WITH PUPPETS
She is able to verbalize her feelings using words.
He can begin to understand the feelings of others.
She can role-play and perhaps find solutions to situations that may disturb her.
He stretches his imagination.
WHEN YOUR CHILD USES TECHNOLOGY AND/OR COMPUTERS
She learns how machines work and how they can help her learn more.
He practices eye-hand coordination using the mouse.
She is able to learn the processes necessary to use technology.
He learns how to express his ideas through technology and share his ideas with others.
WHEN YOUR CHILD USES TOYS
She explores new concepts, practices emerging skills and reinforces skills already mastered.
He develops fine and large motor skills.
She learns about classifying, sorting, predicting, problem solving and analyzing results.
He develops his knowledge of the world around him using real objects and concrete examples.
She learns to share, barter, manage conflict and ask for help.
He learns about acceptance and rejection and how to express his needs or wants.
WHEN YOUR CHILD BUILDS WITH BLOCKS, LEGOS, LINCOLN LOGS ETC.
She learns to use her imagination to create something from her own mind.
He has the satisfaction of being able to make something.
She learns about size and shapes, weights and balances, height and depth, smoothness and roughness.
He is exercising his body.
She learns to play and share with others.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PAINTS OR COLORS
He is more concerned with the process he is going through than with a finished product and this is appropriate for toddlers/preschoolers.
She learns about colors and how to use them.
He learns to use his imagination and transfer ideas to paper.
She gets emotional satisfaction from being able to express herself.
He learns how to use fine motor control with a brush or crayon.
She learns to make choices and decisions.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS ON THE OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT
He learns how to use his body effectively.
She experiences joy in achieving a skill
She learns the limitations of her body.
He learns safety and caution.
She learns to take turns and to share the equipment.
He is exercising his body and developing large motor skills.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS IN THE HOUSEKEEPING CORNER
He learns what the roles of mothers and fathers and children are.
She understands what it feels like to play at being somebody other than herself.
He learns how to use his imagination and remembers behaviors to imitate.
She learns how to cooperate with other children.
He learns how to dress self, set up play environment and find props.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PARTICIPATES IN ARTS AND CRAFTS
He learns how to use materials like scissors, glues, paper, stamps/stickers and coloring tools.
She learns about sizes, shapes, colors and textures. Letters and numbers are also reinforced.
He is using his imagination.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS IN THE SAND AND/OR WATER
She finds it soothing to bury her hands in sand or pour water in and out of cups.
He has the opportunity to learn about size and measurement and experiment with measuring spoons, cups and different size containers.
She learns which kinds of things float/sink in water.
He learns sharing and cooperating.
She can learn special relationships by mapping out roads.
He learns to pour, dump, push, gather, scoop and pack.
WHEN YOUR CHILD ENJOYS LUNCH OR SNACK TIME
He learns how to be helpful by passing food, plates and cups to his friends.
She learns appropriate table conversation and manners.
He learns how to clean up after himself: throw trash away, rinse out cup and place on the shelf,
clean up his table area and push in chair.
WHEN YOUR CHILD PUTS AWAY TOYS
She learns to follow directions, handle toys carefully, take turns and to be helpful.
He is encouraged to place things accordingly, sort toys, open and close boxes.
She learns how to stack books in the book basket or place on the shelf.