Learning & Fun:
The idea of fun in learning can be a hard one to grasp. Do you remember the last time you sat down just to learn something new or improve your skills at work?
Play takes many forms, but the heart of play is pleasure — an important component in learning.
Some people think of play as the opposite of work. They think of it with goofing off, being lazy, lack of achievement, or, at best, recreation. "Stop playing and get to work!" Yet, as many of you probably know, it is through play that we do much of our learning. We learn best when we are having fun.
Play, more than any other activity, fuels healthy development of children — and the continued healthy development of adults.
Play takes many forms, but the heart of all play is pleasure. If it isn't fun, it isn't play. We play from birth on — we play using our bodies (building with blocks) and our minds (fantasy play). We use words to play (jokes, wit, humor) and we use props (blocks, toys, games). While the exact nature of play evolves, becoming more complex as we grow, play at all ages brings pleasure. KidLogic focuses primarily on the social & emotional development play enhances every domain of a child's development.. Lets take a look at what we mean;
o Gross-motor skills, such as walking, kicking, or skipping, can be strengthened when a toddler pushes a toy grocery cart or an older child jumps rope. When a young child kicks a ball across the room, she is practicing coordination by balancing on one foot to kick with the other.
o Fine-motor and manipulation skills are developed while a child builds and colors a sign for a backyard tree house. When throwing and catching a ball, a child practices hand-eye coordination and the ability to grasp.
Children practice and develop language skills during play. A child's play with words, including singsong games and rhymes that accompany games of tag, can help him master semantics, practice spontaneous rhyming, and foster word play.
o The child's cognitive capacity is enhanced in games by trial and error, problem solving, and practice discriminating between relevant and irrelevant information. Play requires the child to make choices and direct activities and often involves strategy, or planning, to reach a goal.
o Interpersonal/social skills, ranging from communication to cooperation, develop in play. Children learn about teamwork when they huddle together and decide who plays each position in a pick-up soccer game. The child gains an understanding about those around him and may become more emphatic and less egocentric. When playing with peers, children learn a system of social rules, including ways to control themselves and tolerate their frustrations in a social setting.
By bringing more play into our classrooms and using creativity to set up word games, number games, role-playing, singing, science experiments and dozens of other methods, this allows you to mix the emotional, social, or cognitive challenge with fun. The more you encourage creativity and tap into the child's sense of fun, the easier it will be to introduce even greater challenges. Sometimes we use outdoor time or free time as currency in a reward system — "Your table will have no recess if all of these blocks are not cleaned up in five minutes." This punishment reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the value of play in a child's development. We would never withhold a lesson in reading because a child had not managed to finish another assignment. We don't fear unstructured time. Young children learning social skills need to learn to negotiate, compromise, persuade, and cooperate. When allowed to play, children will do all of these things with each other. When two 5-year-olds argue about how to divide an uneven number of blocks while building a "city," they are learning how to negotiate, compromise, and work together. If the teacher steps in and referees each conflict, they will not practice those skills.
Healthy Meals:As a provider, our job is to provide a variety of nutritious, tasty foods in a relaxing atmosphere. Here at KidLogic, we focus on Family Style Dining. Family-style dining is one strategy that helps create a pleasant meal time. In family-style dining, the food is placed in serving bowls on the table in all classrooms ages 3 and up. Our Teachers sit with the children and food is passed from child to child with our help. We offer a wide variety of healthy meals and snacks. Our meals are currently being served to us through the South Sioux City school system and are all USDA approved.
Children Safety & Family Connection:
During the first five years, children constantly acquire new skills and knowledge. By staying connected with the parents and truly knowing the children in our care, we are better able to prevent them from injury.
All children develop differently. The staff here at KidLogic Child Care individualize our approach each day. "Children have different rates of development, as well as individual interests, temperaments, languages, cultural backgrounds and learning styles." Ongoing child assessment helps our staff determine each child’s developmental level.
We provide our teachers with the tools to provide safety tips working with young children in classroom environments. Each section includes a description of development and safety tips organized by daily routines. Some tips apply to all children. Others address the developmental needs of children in a specific age group.
Through our daily communication app, we are able to log all of our classroom activities along with meals, diaper changes/bathroom breaks & photos! Our parents are able to directly message their child's teacher allowing for us to stay connected throughout the day.