Why play with blocks?
- To understand size, weight, and number concepts (math and science)
- To recreate the world around us (geography and social skills)
Why play dress up?
- To understand our environment (abstract thinking)
- To use small muscles skills (self-help and writing readiness)
Why put pegs in a pegboard?
- To coordinate the actions of eyes and hands (reading/writing readiness)
- To practice sequencing and patterning (math)
Why do puzzles?
- To learn spatial relationships (math)
- To complete a task (study habits and self-esteem)
Why sort pictures and items?
- To match and classify (math)
- To practice visual recognition (reading/writing readiness)
Why draw pictures?
- To strenghen hand muscles (reading/writing readiness)
- To express personal creativity (abstract thinking)
Why scribble on paper?
- To use writing as a means of communication (reading/writing readiness)
- To strengthen hand muscles (reading /writing readiness)
Why listen to and talk about stories?
- To remember details, and express ideas (auditory processing/ language development)
- To develop empathy & imagination (abstract thinking/brain development)
Why sing and do finger play with other children?
- To participate cooperatively in a group (social skills)
- To stimulate multiple brain functions (memory/ language/ math skills)
Why catch and throw balls?
- To coordinate eye and hand movements (physical development)
- To work with others cooperatively (social skills)
Why swing and climb on outdoor equipment?
- To use our bodies in challenging tasks (self-esteem and coordination)
- To develop large muscle groups (physical development)
Temple Judea Early Childhood Center
5429 Lindley Ave. Tarzana, CA 91356
Margie Ipp – Early Childhood Center Director
Lisa Whitman - Early Childhood Center Assistant Director