All posts tagged: play

Children’s “Critical Period” of Learning and Stages of Cognitive Play

>> 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 …

Media Open House #2

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!