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PRE-SCHOOL PAGE

INTERACTING WITH OTHERS

Interacting with others is a part of a preschooler’s social emotional development. Interacting with others helps children learn how to communicate through play and shared interests. Children build their language skills with interactions by learning to have conversations with a series of exchanges, their vocabulary builds by listening and repeating, and they start to share stories from real experiences and get creative and make up stories.


Interacting with others helps build confidence and self-esteem. Children learn from each other and build turn taking skills by asking. Children use their interactions to tell others how they feel about something and to stand up for their rights when they have been wronged. These are all parts of a child’s social development and a big part of the Creative Curriculum goals and objectives we use to help your child learn and master these skills.


The children have continued to build these skill this year and we see it mainly at meal times. The children share many stories and experiences from home, which leads to more shared stories. The children have displayed good listening skills during their meal time conversations and ask questions to hear more about each other’s experiences. 

ASKING VS. GIVING CHOICES

Preschoolers are given lots of directions in their life when it comes to things that need to get done, such as going potty, washing hands, eating at the table and so many more. When asking your child something like, “can you go potty?” Or, “do you want to eat?” Is giving the child the option to say yes or no. If this is something you want your child to follow through with and do, it is best not to ask. Giving a straight direction of what you want leads to better follow through.


Giving choices is also a way to achieve what you want, while letting your child have the choice to choose what to do and everybody is happy.


Some examples of directions and giving choices:


I need you to go potty.


Do you want to read the story now or after dinner?


You can wear the blue shoes, or the red shoes. Which ones do you want to wear?


It’s time to wash your hands for dinner.

SYMBOLIC PLAY

Dramatic play in preschool, it’s the place to be! What happens in drama? In this class, anything happens in drama. There is a lot of symbolic play going on, and if you are not familiar with what symbolic play is; it’s the ability of children to use objects, actions, or ideas to represent other objects, actions, or ideas in play.

This class uses so much symbolic play in the classroom as we see lots of imaginative play in all areas. It’s great to see the creativity of things they come up with using materials from all areas of the classroom.


Here is a breakdown of what you will see from 3-4 years with symbolic play.


3 years


• Represents familiar and less familiar experiences.

• Uses true sequences.

• Pretends to cook dinner, serve dinner, eat dinner and clean up.

• Does not plan, play evolves.

• Provides new outcomes for play sequences.

• Shows associative play.


3-3 ½ Years


• Represents familiar and less familiar experiences using smaller props: doll house, car wash, and gas station.

• Uses constructive play to serve imaginative themes; build houses, walls, fences and roads.

• Begins to use object to represent another: uses a stick as a wand, a blanket as a tent, and a box as a castle.

• Performs simple plays with a doll or puppet.


3 ½ – 4 years


• Begins to plan experiences, problem solves events, thinks about the future.

• Acts out scenes with dolls and puppets.

• Builds more elaborate structures for imaginative play.