What Will My Child Learn?

In a quality preschool setting, your child should have the opportunity to explore, learn, and socialize through ​experiences such as the following. Read on to see some of the skills children learn while playing in various areas.

When your child uses the ART AREA, he is learning …
  • To express himself and be creative, how to recognize and create colors, properly hold and use writing tools, paintbrushes, etc.,​ and is practicing with symmetry, shape, and spatial skills.
When a child uses the BLOCK or BUILDING AREA, she is learning …
  • About length, measurement, and numbers, to take turns, cooperate with others, and share materials, to manipulate and identify the characteristics of materials, and problem solve.
When a child uses the SENSORY TABLE, she is learning …
  • To measure and count, to match and sort, learning about cause and effect, and is practicing eye hand coordination.
When your child plays in the DRAMATIC PLAY AREA, he is learning …
  • To use his imagination and abstract thinking, to role play, develop and expand vocabulary, to problem solve, practice conflict resolution skills and cooperation.
When a child uses the MANIPULATIVE AND PUZZLE AREA, she is learning to…
  • Recognize and sort shapes, is practicing spatial skills, eye hand coordination, and fine motor skills needed for writing.
When a child uses the WRITING/ WRITTEN EXPRESSION AREA, he is learning to…
  • Understand  that letters/symbols have meaning, begin to recognize sight words, learn left to right progression, enhance fine motor skills.

As children’s time is taken up more & more with scheduled activities, it is important to consider what they are losing when they miss out on play.

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play really is the work of childhood.
– Fred Rogers

Curriculum Key
Pre-reading/writing skills = green
Pre-math skills = red
Science skills = orange
Motor skills = blue
Social-emotional skills = purple