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Using play to create a Child-Centered Curriculum in the early years of school.

The more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core. David Sobel

Learning in Prep. Learning through play

In Prep children learn in many different ways including play, organised games, and investigation. They develop important life skills by working with other children and adults. Prep makes connections between school and what your child learns at home and in early childhood education and care...

During play children make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking and teamwork skills, communicate, and develop a positive sense of themselves.

Types of play used to help Prep children learn may include:

  • manipulative—doing puzzles, making necklaces or constructions
  • games with rules—playing board and card games or outdoor games with rules
  • exploratory—using blocks to investigate weight, height, number, shape and balance
  • fantasy—children creating props for space adventures
  • physical—moving through obstacle courses, climbing, running.
  • Other activities like music, painting and drawing encourage language, reading and writing skills.

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