"Children learn through experience and play. Problem solving, critical thinking, cooperation, and many other life skills can be learned through play. Many different approaches to mastering these skills can be attempted without judgment of success or failure. This affords the child the opportunity to experiment with many roles and see what feels right to them. By creating an environment conducive to playful learning children will develop greater self esteem.
At ELP one of our main goals is to encourage children to develop self-esteem and self-confidence by providing them a wide array of age appropriate activities in which they will find success. The learning center approach to teaching as an age appropriate method for young children for many reasons. Children need to learn at different paces; they are active and can assume responsibility for learning and practice choice making within limits. Independence is developed in this environment and this is a critical step on early childhood development. Making choices makes them more motivated to learn. This allows for more peer interaction, cooperative learning, critical thinking, problem solving, and many social skills. Learning Centers also provide the opportunity for more oral language development because they encourage children to verbalize problems, solutions, and actions more than other learning environments. Because they have been given the power to choose they will grow in ways you have never imagined. They will learn more and retain more, but most of all they will smile more!!
Excerpted from the preschool's website