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    Learning Through Play - Is Your Child Playing Enough In Preschool?

    Odaia B Ranido
    July 28, 2020

    Did you know that your preschool child needs at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day for optimal health? Adequate play stimulates your child’s physical, cognitive and social-emotional development.

    Distractions caused by TV and other gadgets at home can prevent children from getting the play they need.

    "A preschool has a pivotal role in ensuring that the child is enjoying quality playtime at school and learning through effective play methods."

    What to Look for in a Preschool?

    Pre-school can be the most important developmental year in your child's life.

    Look for a school that incorporates play into the daily curriculum. Formal classroom instruction should include plenty of engaging and educational playful activities.

    "An ideal pre-school promotes and prioritises structured and free play."

    Students learn targeted skills through guided activities, and they assimilate information and become more confident and responsible when they choose their playtime activities.

    Here is how a typical day at GIIS Preschool looks like:

    5 areas where play has an important role in healthy development of children:

    Cognitive development - Logical thinking, language and numeracy skills, memory and reasoning are stimulated through play. Play also helps your child make decisions, solve problems and become more creative, innovative and curious.


    Emotional development - The ability to regulate behaviours, delay gratification and evaluate potential risks are essential emotional skills. Your child gains emotional awareness through structured and free play activities.

    Social development - Students must learn cultural awareness, social responsibility and environmental consciousness to succeed in today’s 21st Century global economy. Play cultivates essential social skills as your child takes turns, shares, communicates, empathises with and relates to diverse peers and teachers.

    GIIS_Preschool communication-1

    Focus and attention - Playtime releases stress and pent-up energy. After a play break, your child returns to the classroom ready to listen and learn.

    GIIS_Preschool role of play

    Love of learning - Students who have fun as they learn are more likely to be excited about school in the future. Ignite your child’s desire and love of learning through a play-filled pre-school experience.

    A play-filled preschool will offer ample indoor and outdoor spaces and a variety of age-appropriate play materials that hone a child’s developmental skills. A school’s indoor play area and toy selection should promote creativity, imagination and motor skills. Outdoor play areas challenge children to stay active as they hone motor skills, explore nature and reach developmental milestones.

    How is a conducive play environment encouraged at GIIS Preschool?

    Learning through play is one of the five pillars in the award-winning Global Montessori Plus (GMP) Programme at GIIS. Our teachers very well understand how play supports child development. Every classroom incorporates a play corner with role-playing and other toys that allow children to practise their creativity, logical thinking and motor skills. The outdoor facilities feature a sandpit, water play area and activities that encourage children to have fun and learn from experimenting.

    sand play

    At GIIS, your child will receive a strong foundation that prepares him or her for success as a student beyond pre-school and as a global citizen.

    Want to know more about play-based learning at GIIS Preschool, click here.

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