Interest Area Learning

 

International Learning Center has spacious classrooms that are divided into interest areas organized around specific kinds of play. These interest areas assist in the physical and cognitive development of the children in our classrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ART

There are a variety of art materials that are available to the children in the classroom. Drawing, painting, cutting, pasting, and playing with play dough are enjoyable and provide opportunities for learning. Children can express their ideas and feelings, improve their coordination, develop small muscle skills, learn to recognize colors and textures, and develop creativity and pride in their accomplishments by exploring and using art materials.

 

 

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House Corner

The house corner is a very important part of a preschool classroom. The work children do in the house corner is called dramatic play or pretend play. In the house corner children take on a role and recreate real life experiences. They use props and make believe about a wide variety of topics. The ability to pretend is very important to children’s later academic success in school. When children pretend, they have to recall experiences they have had and re-create them. To do this, they have to be able to picture their experiences in their minds. During dramatic play children have to be able to cooperate with other children and defend their own ideas.

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Library Corner

The book area is where children can gain the foundation for reading and writing. This is also a place that the children can relax and enjoy children’s literature. We read books to introduce new ideas, to develop pre-reading skills, to help children deal with problems, and mostly to develop a love of books. We encourage children to repeat words and rhymes, to write or their own thoughts and ideas. Books, tapes and writing materials are wonderful ways to help children learn.

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Blocks

Blocks are valuable learning materials in the classroom. When children build with blocks children learn about sizes and shapes, spatial relationships, math concepts, and problem solving. When children lift, shove, stack and move blocks, they learn about weight and size. They make decisions about how to build a structure or solve a construction problem. During block play children learn to judge distances, space and size, they develop hand-eye coordination and small muscle control, compare and sort by size and shape, and enhance descriptive vocabulary and skills.

Sensory Play

Sand, water, rice, beans are all things you might find in the water table. Providing children with a variety of materials to experiment with provides a natural setting for learning. When children pour water into measuring cups they gain a foundation for mathematical thinking, when they drop corks, stones, feathers and marbles into a tub of water, they observe scientifically which objects float and which sink. When they comb the sand into patterns, they learn about both math and art. Encouraging children to experiment with these materials and asking questions as they do encourage them to think about and explain what they are discovering.

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Manipulative Toys

Manipulatives include puzzles, marble run, table blocks, and other small construction materials such as Legos, and collections of objects. When children play with manipulative toys they learn many new skills and concepts including: sorting and classifying things according to their own categories, judging distance, direction, right and left, up and down, and describing what they are doing. They also enhance fine motor skills and special relations skills. 

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