From the Director:
Creative play is an important part of childhood and child development, and therefore it is an important part of each day at Willow House. Creative and imaginative play set the groundwork for creative thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as social skills such as negotiating and cooperation. Creative activities such as cooking, modeling with beeswax, painting and art projects may also be part of the creative play. Circle is an activity time where children join with the teachers in song, verse, and movement. Age appropriate developmental movement skills are taught through finger plays, circle games, and exercise. Our circle activities reflect the seasons and festivals of the year. Our stories are orally told fairy tales, folk tales, or nature stories presented by the teacher without the use of illustrations, allowing the children to create pictures in their heads. After the story has been told many times, the teachers may present it as a puppet show.