"Play is often talked about as a relief from serious learning. For children, play is serious learning."—Mr. Rogers
My class consists of 16 four-year-olds who love life!
We are in a very small, poverty-stricken community. Our school district is one building for kindergarten through 12th grade. Our classroom is a small building outside of the main school building. We have our own small fenced-in area with limited things to do. We believe in play-based learning in our classroom.
"Play in the dirt, because life is too short to have clean fingernails." As you can see in our picture, my kids LOVE dirt!
Many preschool students need constant movement. Spinning, running, climbing, swaying, jumping, hopping...you name it, they do it. We have equipment for the preschoolers to do many different types of movement except one, and that is swinging.
Swinging has many benefits for kids besides that it is just fun to do.
Swinging helps build core muscles for children and helps develop a sense of balance. For some students, especially those with sensory processing disorders (which we see quite often), the back and forth motion of a swing can be extremely calming.
Having swings on or little playground would be a great addition to our outside time but would also provide calming breaks for some of our students throughout the day.
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