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Gardening

Our school garden offers so many fun and interesting opportunities for children, and teaches them invaluable lessons. They get a chance to learn about the different seasons, weather and the affects they have on the plants. It's also an opportunity to learn about different insects we might come across

Gardening engages all sorts of senses. Children can feel the texture of soil, seeds, flowers, etc. It also helps develop hand-eye coordination and builds physical strength. As children garden, they develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing and cutting.

Growing a garden not only teaches children hard work, but they get a sense of achievement when they eat food, they have grown themselves. It’s not just the process of growing them, but learning about all the different fruits and vegetables they can grow, when is best to grow certain ones, and the process when it’s time to harvest.

Growing any sort of plant teaches children responsibility. They will quickly learn they get out what they put in. If the plants aren’t regularly watered and taken care of, they won’t flourish. Gardening takes time and is no overnight process. Children will need to learn to be patience when waiting for their flowers and vegetables to grow.

Sensory Play

The photo above is showing children enjoying Rainbow Rice in our homemade sensory table. We added funnels and scoopers to the table so that the children can practice their scooping skills and fine motor skills. 

We are highly passionate about sensory play. Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Through this type of play, children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc).

 

The photo on the left shows children enjoying our outdoor sensory wall with shaving cream. Other times, they use finger paint with the primary colors to learn about color mixing. 

The photo above shows two of our students enjoying small world play with kinetic sand, rocks, small animals, and more. The kinetic sand develops hand-eye coordination and develops creativity. 

Small World Play

Small world play is an important aspect of children’s play, aiding many areas of development. Imaginative skills are supported allowing the child to express thoughts and experiences into their play, while exploring the world in which they live.

 

Small world play offers the opportunity for children to build on their language skills, expanding their vocabulary and their understanding. This type of play not only supports a range of areas for development, but also benefits the child’s independent play skills. Independent play is vital in gaining self confidence and awareness of a child’s self. Children are able to learn new words and practice using them in context. Expressive language skills can be encouraged through a small world experience, allowing the child to narrate their play and talk about what is happening. 

Children use their own experiences of the world to build on their imaginative skills. Small world play offers the opportunity for children to act out these experiences in a controlled way. Children will often learn a great deal about cause and effect through small world as they have a great deal of control over the play. This allows them to experiment with different actions, leading them to understand different outcomes. This allows a safe environment for the children to practice cause and effect without great consequences.