Foundational to the education philosophy at Aldrich is the intentional planning of activities and interaction based on the developmental needs of the children. Below is a sampling of some of the activities children participate in at Aldrich, and some of what they learn when they think they’re “just playing.”
When children look at books and listen to stories, they learn:
Books are important and enjoyable
Pictures and words tell us something
When children play with blocks, they learn:
When children sing, they learn:
Vocabulary, memory skills, and sequencing
Auditory discrimination (to hear different sounds)
Principles of music and rhythm
Painting offers the child a chance to:
Plan the activity.
Receive sensory pleasure.
Discover color, shape, and texture by the use of various paints.
Create an expression of self.
Refine fine muscle movements and hand/eye coordination.
Use symbols to represent objects.
Dramatic play allows the child to:
Construct the world as he or she sees it.
Act out feelings and emotions in a relaxed setting.
Interact with other children in an informal situation.
Practice language and social skills.
Role-play real life situations.
Role-play characters from stories and films.
When children have snack, they learn:
Decision making skills
Social interaction with peers and adults
When children look at objects at a nature table, they learn:
Concepts of texture, color, weight, and size
To group objects into categories
To observe likenesses and differences
To appreciate nature and develop a sense of wonder
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