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How Children Learn

Preschool children don’t learn the same way as school-age children. Preschool is not the time for worksheets and flash cards.
Experts tell us play is a child’s way of learning. Play helps children develop an understanding of how the world works.
Learning the Quality Child Care Way
In high-quality child care, children learn by experience in activity centers. One center might be blocks or art. Another center might be dramatic play, reading or science.
Children direct their own play. They use creativity to invent their own use for toys. They make up stories. They experiment and make discoveries. Teachers ask questions and share insights.
Positive experiences like these create a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. They help children develop skills that lead to success in school and in life.
Is your preschooler ready for kindergarten? Click here to see the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist in our Family Resource Library.

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Click here to visit our Family Resource Library. You’ll find activities and tips to help you prepare your child for life.