Mrs. Adams' Preschool Class

picture of stick figure children with words Play learn and grow together

Play is an important and integral component of the educational process of young children. All areas of development (social, emotional, cognitive, and physical) are continually expanded and enhanced through play. Children use play to test ideas, discover relationships, express their feelings and ideas, and develop peer relationships.

Classroom Centers

The Art Center is an exciting place for children to work. Because the Art Center is for exploration not necessarily for creating a finished product, children can work for a short time or long time, depending on each child's ability and temperament. Open-ended art activities and materials give children opportunities to develop their own ideas and use their own designs. As children learn to use the art media to express themselves, they develop the ability to think creatively and solve problems.

The Block Center is a very versatile learning place. Through block construction, children experiment with their own ideas-growing, learning, and developing skills in the process. When children play with blocks, they learn about mathematical concepts, science, social studies, art, reading, writing, and language development. Social, emotional, and physical developments are also enhanced through block play.

Children are able to learn many concepts when looking at books in the Classroom Library or listening to stories in the Listening Center! Children are able to stretch their imagination, creativity, and language development. Books also show that there are universal symbols that represent words.

As children play in the Dramatic Play Center, they learn to take turns and share. They take on family and community roles that help them understand what other people do and how they act. The Dramatic Play center helps them learn to make choices and decisions as they discover ways people help each other. Children learn to problem solve, work out difficult situations, develop vocabulary, and practice social interactions in this center.

The Math Center offers children a variety of activities that be done alone, with a friend, or with a small group of friends. The activities include: working with puzzles, stringing beads, matching, sorting, classifying, stacking, sequencing, working with shapes and colors, and counting objects. Many of the activities such as puzzles and sequencing cards have self-correcting answers. Other activities offer opportunities for exploration and discovery. The activity selections offer variety as well as a range of difficulty. This enables all, regardless of ability to be successful!

Children come to school with different skills, abilities, interests, and needs; yet virtually all children are drawn to open-ended exploration or the different materials presented in the Sand and Water tables.

The Writing Center encourages writing, doodling, and drawing. Children discover and explore the written word by experimenting with a variety of writing tools. Providing opportunities to practice writing is important to preschoolers’ fine motor and literacy development.

Stepping Into Preschool art activity.  Preschoolers' footprints walking across the paper.