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How Does Play-Based Learning Benefit Children?

At Tangerine, Bay Street, and Sunshine Schoolhouse, we know that play is not just a pastime for children - it's a powerful tool for learning and development! In our classrooms, play-based learning is at the heart of everything we do, and we're excited to share with you just how transformative and beneficial it can be for your child's growth and development.


1. Holistic Development:

Play-based learning engages children in a holistic way, addressing their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development simultaneously. Whether they're building with blocks, engaging in imaginative play, or exploring nature, children are actively constructing their understanding of the world around them through hands-on experiences.


2. Creativity and Imagination:

When children engage in open-ended play, they're free to explore their creativity and imagination without limitations. Whether they're pretending to be superheroes, creating works of art, or building elaborate structures with blocks, play provides a canvas for them to express themselves and stretch their imaginative muscles.


3. Problem-Solving Skills:

Play-based learning encourages children to experiment, take risks, and solve problems independently. As they navigate obstacles during pretend play scenarios or work together to build a tower that keeps toppling over, children learn valuable problem-solving skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.


4. Social Skills and Cooperation:

Through play, children learn important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, cooperating with others, and natural consequences. Whether they're collaborating on a building project, negotiating roles during dramatic play, or resolving conflicts over toys, play provides countless opportunities for children to practice vital social skills in a supportive and nurturing environment that will last them their whole life.


5. Language and Communication:

Play-based learning naturally fosters language development as children engage in conversation, storytelling, and role-playing activities. Whether they're narrating their actions during pretend play or engaging in dialogue with their peers, children are constantly expanding their vocabulary and honing their communication skills through play.


6. Emotional Regulation:

Play provides a safe space for children to explore and express their emotions in a healthy and constructive manner. Whether they're acting out feelings through dramatic play or seeking comfort from a trusted teacher during a challenging moment, play-based learning supports children in developing essential emotional regulation skills. It also allows children to see and begin to process the emotional needs of their peers.


7. Love of Learning:

Perhaps most importantly, play-based learning nurtures a lifelong love of learning in children! By fostering a sense of curiosity, wonder, and joy in the learning process, play sets the stage for a lifetime of exploration, discovery, and learning.


We're committed to providing your child with a rich and meaningful play-based learning environment that ignites their curiosity, sparks their imagination, and lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning and success. Together, let's celebrate the power of play in shaping bright futures for our little ones.


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