Learning Centers

Play is fun for children. Play is the way children learn.

Playing is fun, but playing is also a tool to help children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is critical to the healthy growth and development of children. As children play, they learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn. Play helps children do the following:

Develop physical skills. Gross motor skills are developed as a child learns to reach, grasp, crawl, run, climb and balance. Fine motor skills are developed as children handle small toys.

Develop cognitive concepts. Children learn to solve problems through play. Children also learn colors, numbers, size and shapes. They have the ability to enhance their memory skills as well as their attention span. Children move on to higher levels of thought as they play in a more stimulating environment.

Develop language skills. Language develops as a child plays and interacts with others. This begins with parents playing games with their children and advances to practical levels such as story-telling and reading to their kids.

Develop social skills. Learning to cooperate, negotiate, take turns and play by the rules are all-important skills learned in early games. These skills grow as the child plays. As a result, children learn the roles and rules of society.

Below are the various Learning Centers we feature at Two Little Owls Schoolhouse. Infants, Toddlers and Preschool/ Pre-K alike will benefit from these Centers.

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Science Center

• Discovers Concepts of Weight, Shape and Size

• Awareness of Physical Environment

• Development of all Five Senses

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Math Center

• Learns Counting

• Plays Number Games

• Measuring Sizes and Shapes

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Language Center

• Show and Tell

• Develop Vocabulary using Puppets and Telling Stories

• Matching and Memory Games

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Writing Center

• Writing the Alphabet and Numbers

• Spelling Own Name

• Learn Sounds of Letters and Numbers

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Arts Center

• Develop Imagination and Creativity

• Freedom of Expression and Sense of Self

• Color Recognition and Hand-Eye Coordination

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Music & Movement

• Sing and Create Various Sounds

• Self Expression

• Dancing and Having Fun

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Library

• Listening to Stories

• Relaxing and Reading to Self

• Responsibility, Borrow a Book to Enjoy at Home

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Block Center

• Creativity and Group Play (Interaction)

• Encourages Teamwork

• Number and Math Concepts

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Dramatic Play Area

• Imagination Development

• Social and Life Skills

• Problem Solving and Teamwork

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Gross Motor Play Area

• Gross Motor Skills

• Balance and Coordination

• Promotes Health and Physical Fitness

Rest Time

• Relaxation Skills

• Take Time for Self

• Reenergizing