F R I D A Y / V I B E S

Before we take a closer look at the happenings of the house this week, let me introduce you to our newest Chartwell friends!

Along with Daisy P, we welcomed Carl Fishy-Fish to the house! Carl….please swim up!

With two more happy residents settled into the Chartwell House, let’s continue on with what the people want.

The happenings of the House!

Preschool was focused on all things Wild Life, with Wild Life Day falling on March 3rd. They incorporated wild life into a sorting activity. Sorting is a very important skill in a child’s development. It involves making a variety of decisions. The ability to sort using two or more attributes embodies higher order thinking. Here Preschool uses their sorting skills to place the items into the correct category.

The best way for children to develop different skills is to PLAY! There are many types of play, and one of them is: Constructive Play. This type of play involves manipulating elements of the play environment to construct something new. This may involve all sorts of construction methods – stacking, assembling, disassembling, sorting or molding. Constructive play develops a range of skills and behaviours for children including: fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, flexible thinking skills, the ability to plan the use of materials to visually see a design idea become reality, the ability to test new ideas, overcome challenges, and teamwork skills.

Another type of play is: Small World Play. This type of play allows for children to act out scenes from real life, stories and/or imagination in a miniature play scene created with small figures and objects. Small World play is usually set up based on a certain theme, like farms, construction site, dinosaur world or a wild life theme like Preschool explored.

Small World Play helps children’s development in a number of ways. It will help the child’s emotional development by providing them with opportunities to re-enact certain experiences, this activity will motivate children to reflect on feelings and events and use emotion to act out scenes in their play. It will help develop personal and social skills, inviting children to be creative, and will boost confidence when children are able to experiment with new and familiar materials and build something they believe is SO COOL! Small world play encourages children to use their social skills, by taking turns, expressing idea’s and listening to other’s ideas too. This type of play will help children learn how to problem solve, reason, work on their numeracy skills and language development. Small World Play offers real world benefits.

Along with play comes creativity. And creativity can be expressed in many ways…especially when it comes to Fish names!

It is still on the chilly side out there, but the sun is shining, and it’s FRIDAY!

Have a great weekend!

The Chartwell House.

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