We had so much fun on our last day of Summer Camp! We went to the Spadina Museum on a field trip in the morning and the children learned all about what life was like in the 1920’s! In the afternoon we put on a short play of “The 3 Little Pigs” for the parents. The campers did such an amazing job!
We’re almost at the end of Summer Camp and we’ve had such fun! This week we went to see a magic show at the library, baked all sorts of yummy treats and made some fabulous art projects. Tomorrow, we’ll be putting on a short play as our grand finale!
>> Expert Advice from our ECE Expert: Kim Davies << There are many types of play that use hands-on tools and manipulatives including sand play, water play, block play, music, drama, dance and creative arts that use open-ended materials. It is through the repetition of quality interactions and experiences in children’s early years that these advanced brain patterns evolve. For the duration of these “sensitive” stages of brain development, children go through two main stages of Cognitive Play. The first is called Functional Play. This is when toddlers and young preschools learn through repetitive, open-ended free-play (with no determined outcome). During this developmental stage, they repeatedly practice their mental schemes by interacting with objects, people and language in their environment. It may appear that they have a limited attention span and may wander from toy to toy, but they are learning as they attempt to manipulate shapes, fill buckets, empty baskets and knock items over. These toddlers are rapidly developing all of their skills as they practice using their bodies in motion. Meanwhile, they are …
This past Wednesday was our final class in the “art and drama” program. The children had worked on the sets, costumes and props over the 10 week session. We had practised the play each week and worked on our lines. Parents, grandparents and friends came to watch our final production and what a production it was!
Here are some photographs from our second Media Open House. Alyson Schaferwas our guest speaker and she did an amazing job talking about the importance of learning through play. At Seasons, all our classes are based on learning through play, even the adult ones. We also showcased our Food Art Class and Yoga. Food Art, which is being offered on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00pm for school-agers. Yoga for school-agers is on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm and held Mondays for Teens/Tweens from 4:30-5:30pm. Register now before all spots are filled!