Play is the work of childhood.
Play is extremely important for brain development in young children. Research indicates that play shapes the structural design of the brain, and provides active exploration that helps in building and strengthening brain pathways. Play is good for the brain, increasing “flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life”, and allowing children to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. Furthermore, children who frequently engage in quality play experiences are likely to develop memory skills, language development and can effectively regulate their behavior.
At Discovery School’s Early Learning Center, our centers-based classrooms offer choice to your child about how they want to engage in play. A variety of sensory experiences as well as fine motor and gross motor activities are offered. Pretend Centers change frequently throughout the school year to allow for a variety of imaginary play situations. Outdoor play, both structured and unstructured, are offered on a daily basis. We even have a magical woodland playground and an outdoor mud kitchen!! How neat is that??