Learning Through Play

Play Dough Center

Posted on Apr 11, 2017

Play Dough Center

Play dough is sure to be a memory your child takes with them when they leave Kids’ Co-op! It’s a tool our teachers use to help with prewriting skills, fine and gross motor development, introducing letters, color recognition, and sensory play to name a few things!

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Learning Through Play Series: Science Center

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Learning Through Play Series: Science Center

Incorporating scientific concepts and nature into play is an art form our teachers are very skilled in. These experiences set up the foundation for learning more complex concepts as our children get older, those “coat hooks” we’ve written about in past blogs. Science, discovery, and exploration are fun at Kids’ Co-op.

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Learning Through Play Series: Sand, Water, and Sensory Center

Posted on Mar 6, 2017

Learning Through Play Series: Sand, Water, and Sensory Center

One of the best parts about Kids’ Co-op is the fun that sand, mud, water, and the different materials in our sensory bins bring each day. For this reason, our families are asked to provide 3 changes of clothing for their child in their backpack including extra shoes so they have the opportunity to put on dry and clean clothes when they are ready. We could probably fill this blog with hundreds of photos as this is a popular aspect of the program- and fun for working parents to photograph! We know that this experience sets us apart from nearly every preschool in Las Vegas and we’re proud that this feature is fundamental to the Co-op day.

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Learning Through Play Series: Library/Reading Center

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Learning Through Play Series: Library/Reading Center

What better month than this to focus our Learning Through Play Series on the library and reading part of our day. There is a reading center in every classroom at the co-op and often another reading area may be set up outside as well. During Nevada Reading Week, we arrange a large area in our “Big Yard” with books, pillows, and an inviting space for children to choose to relax and read or join an adult who is already reading. This is definitely a type of play for these children as you can see many may gather around a working parent or teacher asking them to read a book multiple times or asking to read multiple books in the first hour of the day during free play.

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Learning Through Play Series: Art Center

Posted on Jul 25, 2016

Learning Through Play Series: Art Center

Many co-op parents will applaud the art center experience because it allows their child to experience a wide variety of mediums without destroying their own homes! Many of us recognize that the art experience is important and we’re grateful our children can immerse themselves in it at the Co-op. In the early years, our children will focus on the process and not the product, so don’t look for them to have an idea they are striving for; they will just enjoy putting brush, crayon, marker, etc to paper (or wall…). As they age, our children will shift to being outcome-driven in their art and craft-making and it all comes in their own time. But what benefits does art have to make it worth some extra clean-up time, even at home?

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Learning Through Play Series: Dramatic Play

Posted on Feb 19, 2016

Learning Through Play Series: Dramatic Play

Dramatic play comes very easily for most children. And while at times we may put the emphasis on the “drama,” fantasy and pretending are amazing ways for our toddlers and preschoolers to develop skills in many areas: social emotional, language, critical thinking, imagination, problem solving, and self-expression.

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