Why have a purposeful play program in private pre-k?
The trend in private pre-k has been to add more academic content and require children to learn skills that may not be developmentally appropriate. Over time the pendulum is swinging back to the realization that the skills our youngest students need must also include those developed through unstructured play interactions with their peers. Daniel Goleman says it well in his book, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ,“School success is not predicted by a child’s fund of facts or a precocious ability to read so much as by emotional social measure; being self-assured and interested: knowing what kind of behaviour is expected and how to rein in impulse to misbehave; being able to wait, to follow directions, and to turn to adults and peers for help; expressing needs whilst getting along with other children. “
In the Wood Acres private pre-k programs, children are given the time they need to purposefully play. Our students find their way out of challenging situations on their own over and over again and develop essential skills like resiliency, problem solving, cooperation, and a more broad vocabulary. This enables them to confidently ask for what they want or need on a daily basis.
Wood Acres early learners celebrate the joy of childhood and play as well as the joy of exploring and learning actual concepts and knowledge acquisition. Wood Acres is the place to be for excellence in private pre-k Early School education.