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Play is an essential part of your preschoolers’ learning and development. That is what makes educational games and activities so critical both while at school and at home!
At CLC, our play-based learning philosophy allows children to discover the world at their own pace through hands-on, fun activities. All of our classrooms use the Creative Curriculum, which is backed by comprehensive child development research. The curriculum is built upon hands-on learning, sensory awareness, creative expression, multicultural socialization and lessons that develop literacy and science skills, as well as self-esteem and physical development.
When it comes to using play as vehicle for learning, utilizing both games and activities is a perfect option both in the classroom and at home.
Below, you will find a game or activity that helps with each of several skills developed in preschool, including cognition, social and emotional development, physical health and development, language and literacy, creative arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
The teachers at CLC participate in many of theses activities with students in the classroom. But, they can also be done while you are at home with your child! Many of these activities and games can be done using items that you already have at home such as paper, crayons, dolls, stuffed animals and other toys and items. Each activity allows you the flexibility to get creative and use what you already have!
Cognition involves preschool children developing skills in exploring, asking questions, making choices, remembering and recalling.
Read a fairytale with your child, such as The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears and The Gingerbread Boy. Provide storybooks, storybook characters and props like puppets, dolls and stuffed animals to encourage your child to build the setting in a dramatic play area and act out the story. This can be a great activity for siblings to participate in together!
Get your child involved by asking them what their favorite storybook is and asking them to act that out for you! Create an even larger audience for their dramatic show by lining up dolls and stuffed animals who can watch along with you.
Social and Emotional Development
Social and emotional development involves relating to others, caring, showing affection, developing relationships, safety and well-being.
Social and emotional development is a crucial part of preschool. It’s the age children begin to understand the causes of their emotions. Empathy also emerges and for many, it’s the first time they are asked to regulate emotions around people outside of their families.
Yale researchers, along with CLC teachers, administrators, children and families have created the first early childhood version of the breakthrough RULER program, an innovative approach to social and emotional development. It’s all about helping children manage their emotions to create a better place for learning. Learn more about the RULER program here.
Create a Mood Meter! This can be done using a ruler, paper and coloring supplies to represent how your child is feeling. Ask your child open ended questions (that don’t simply require a yes or no answer) to develop language and knowledge of feeling words. Encourage your child to express their feelings and ask them why they feel the way they do and what makes them feel certain emotions. Emotions are a great conversation starter between you and your child that allows you to share your emotions with them, as well.
Learn more about the mood meter and why it’s so helpful for preschool children’s social and emotional development, here.
Physical Health and Development
Physical health and development involve teaching preschool children to eat healthy, participate in physical activity and help with self care.
Create an obstacle course for gross motor time either indoors or outdoors. Your child can climb, jump, run, walk, skip, hop, slide, through the course while developing large motor skills. Use items around the house like chairs, a laundry basket, hula hoop, a bouncy ball, bucket and anything else that could be fun and safe to create the obstacle course.
This is a game that you can do over and over again by simply switching out the obstacles in your obstacle course with new ones! That way, the obstacle course is a little bit different each time your child does it and never gets boring for your child!
Language and Literacy
Language and literacy involves teaching preschoolers how to interact with people, talking, enjoying books, songs and writing, as well as expressing ideas, needs and feelings.
Use the Mood Meter you created and pictures to depict different feelings to encourage your child to identify each feeling. Then, create a “How I Feel” booklet with your child so that they can practice writing feeling words such as happy, sad, calm, angry/mad. Have your child draw a picture to go along with each feeling they write down.
Creative arts include your preschool child enjoying music, dancing, making art, creating music and being creative mediums.
Play different genres of music for your child and give your child colored scarves to dance with. Your child will dance to each genre as the music makes them feel. This is a fun activity for the whole family to participate in together! Try having a family dance party with your child before or after dinner. At the end, you can even ask your child what song they like dancing to the most.
Mathematic skills for preschool students involve counting, measuring and comparing.
Have your child practice counting and cardinality using blocks, teddy bears and even counting the letters in their name. When counting the number of letters in words, you can create a graph of the names of your family members using words like biggest, smallest, more, less, longest, shortest.
Organize and play Bingo games with matching numbers, shapes or letters. You can find ways to incorporate counting in many of your child’s favorite games at home. Ask your child what other items around the house would be fun to count. Do they have a collection of cars or dolls? Ask them to count how many they have while they play!
Science for preschoolers involves exploring, experimenting, investigating and learning about living things
Provide your child with cars and trucks of all different sizes, as well as ramps (you can even build a ramp out of cardboard) and put the ramps different angles. Perhaps one can lean against the couch, another against a stack of blocks and another against a chair.
Have your child push each car or truck down the ramps empty and then loaded with items like sticks, leaves and bark. Encourage your child to notice the speed of the trucks and how the speed changes between when the truck is empty and when it is loaded with items. Even load one truck up, leave the other truck empty and have them race. Who wins and why?
By playing on the ramps with cars and trucks of different sizes and weight, you will help your child gain investigating scientific skills as they experiment with velocity.
Social studies include your preschooler understanding family, listening to stories about the past and recognizing how people are both the same and different.
Read your child stories about families from different cultures. Using paper, crayons, and glue, help your child create a family picture or collage with pictures that represented their culture and their family. At CLC, each child creates their family picture or collage at home and then they bring the finished product into school and the teachers create a classroom quilt with everyone’s creation!
Reading books with your child about diversity is another good way to begin teaching social studies. Some of the books that the teachers at CLC enjoy reading to promote diversity include:
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong
Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
To learn more about why play is such an important part of your preschooler’s education, the NAEYC outlines 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play. In the article, the NAEYC explains that play is more than meets the eye, from symbolic to dramatic, functional, and games with rules it can even be used to reduce stress and anxiety in children.
Play and learning go hand-in-hand. Best of all, play is an easy and fun way to help your child learn while you are at home and spending time together! These activities and games can be played while you are at home with your child in the evening or during weekends when you are looking for something fun to do together.
For more fun activities to participate in at home with your preschooler, order CLC’s Play to Learn Book.
Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) is committed to providing early childhood education for all families, with direct services and programs focused in health, nutrition & family support for children aged 6 weeks – 5 years of age. Find more information about enrollment, here!
Learning about friendship and the shape of a heart by creating a heart-shaped friendship chain!
Let’s build an igloo!
Whether it’s for reading or playing… our children built igloos based on the book, “The Three Snow Bears” by Jan Brett.
The Stamford Public School District is encouraging families with students entering kindergarten during the 2021-2022 school year to register early!
If you live in Stamford and have a child who will be five years old on or before January 1, 2022, they are eligible to enter kindergarten in August 2021.
Register here using the links on the green button.
The children were so excited to make snow inside!
All you have to do is combine 3 cups of baking soda with 1/2 a cup of white hair conditioner… and you have SNOW!
Once we made the snow, the children explored their own pile! Some used the snow to create igloos and some created snowy ground for their penguins to run around on.
Thank you to KPMG for donating a gift certificate that allowed us to purchase books with messages supporting diversity and inclusion from First Book! The children are really enjoying story time!
It’s a great day to make lacing mittens out of paper!
This fun and simple activity is included in our Play to Learn Book! Check the photo below for materials and instructions.
Baby oil, glitter, pompoms, food coloring, mini colorful rubber bands, mini shells, tiny fish, dolphin and shark figurines, water absorbing beads, water.
Ocean in a Bottle
Drop small shells, fish or other small ocean animal figurines into the bottle. Pour in water almost to the top. Add 1 drop of blue food coloring. Pour in baby oil to the top. Close and seal the bottle.
Pour a small amount of glitter into a bottle; add water to the top.
Drop some pompoms into a bottle and add water to the top.
Fill half of a bottle with water. Add three drops of red food coloring. Add baby oil to the top.
Drop in some mini colorful rubber bands into a bottle and add water to the top.
Water Absorbing Beads
Drop some water absorbing beads into a bowl and pour in water. Allow some time for the beads to absorb the water and grow. After they grow, pour them into a bottle.
Note: Water and baby oil do not mix. That’s why you will have these two liquids separated.
You can pour into a water bottle a variety of small items that you find around your home or in a craft store. Just be creative!
Include your child in the making process of these bottles. Don’t forget to seal the tops with some clear tape.
When ready, children can shake the bottles and flip them over to observe what is happening inside each bottle.
Ask your child to describe with their own words what is happening in each of the bottles.
As we prepare for our regularly scheduled winter break, we are mindful of the rising COVID-19 cases in Stamford and the surrounding communities. As always, our goal is to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children and staff.
Recent local health concerns and the staffing challenges generated by public school closings require us to take a proactive approach. We have made the difficult decision to temporarily switch from on-site center based learning to fully remote learning Monday, December 21 – December 23. Our previously scheduled winter break will run December 24 – January 3.
We will resume remote learning January 4 – January 8. We plan to resume on site learning on Monday, January 11 and look forward to welcoming your child(ren) back to our classrooms.
Before sending your child back to CLC, please be sure to monitor for symptoms, check his/her temperature and keep your child home if he/she is exhibiting any symptoms. If anyone in your household is waiting for COVID-19 test results or received a positive diagnosis, your child should remain home until all quarantine requirements have been met.
If you travel outside of Connecticut, please check the State of Connecticut’s website and follow any quarantine requirements. That information can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel.
We are also aware of the severe weather approaching our area. To find information on potential closings and delays due to weather on Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18 please watch Channel 12 News or Channel 8 News, listen to radio station WICC 600 AM, visit www.ctweather.com or www.wtnh.com. (You can register to receive email notification with www.ctweather.com) or listen to a recorded message with updates on our voice mail system at (203) 323-5944.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the unique challenges presented by the pandemic. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.
Mientras nos preparamos para nuestras vacaciones de invierno programadas regularmente, somos conscientes de los crecientes casos de COVID-19 en Stamford y las comunidades circundantes. Como siempre, nuestro objetivo es continuar brindando un entorno seguro y saludable para nuestros niños y el personal.
Los problemas de salud locales recientes y los desafíos de personal generados por el cierre de escuelas públicas requieren que adoptemos un enfoque proactivo. Hemos tomado la difícil decisión de cambiar temporalmente del aprendizaje basado en el centro en el sitio al aprendizaje completamente remoto del lunes 21 de diciembre al 23 de diciembre. Nuestras vacaciones de invierno programadas previamente se realizarán del 24 de diciembre al 3 de enero.
Reanudaremos el aprendizaje virtual del 4 de enero al 8 de enero. Planeamos reanudar el aprendizaje en el sitio el lunes 11 de enero y esperamos darle la bienvenida a sus hijos a nuestras aulas.
Antes de enviar a su hijo(a) de regreso a CLC, asegúrese de vigilar los síntomas, controlar su temperatura y mantener a su hijo en casa si presenta algún síntoma. Si alguien en su hogar está esperando los resultados de la prueba de COVID-19 o recibió un diagnóstico positivo, su hijo(a) debe permanecer en casa hasta que se cumplan todos los requisitos de cuarentena.
Si viaja fuera de Connecticut, consulte el sitio web del estado de Connecticut y siga los requisitos de cuarentena. Esa información se puede encontrar en https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel.
También somos conscientes del clima severo que se aproxima a nuestra área. Para encontrar información sobre posibles cierres y demoras debido al clima el jueves 17 de diciembre y el viernes 18 de diciembre, mire las noticias del Canal 12 o las Noticias del Canal 8, escuche la estación de radio WICC 600 AM, visite www.ctweather.com o www.wtnh.com. (Puede registrarse para recibir notificaciones por correo electrónico en www.ctweather.com) o escuchar un mensaje grabado con actualizaciones sobre nuestro sistema de correo de voz al (203) 323-5944.
Gracias por su paciencia y flexibilidad mientras navegamos por los desafíos únicos que presenta la pandemia. Le deseamos a usted ya su familia unas felices y saludables fiestas.
While learning about how the post office and mail carriers help our community, students worked on writing letters home!
They addressed them and sent them out. Now they are waiting to receive them at home.
This gives students hands on experience with how a piece of mail starts in one place and ends up in another.