The Importance Of Play
Children in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten spend much of their day at play. Through play, children learn to create, analyze, measure, and collaborate.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children emphasizes the importance of play in early childhood education. Children learn physical abilities, cognitive skills, social skills, and literacy skills. Play is complex and more than meets the eye. Play keeps kids active and reduces stress — especially outside play!
The NAEYC has many more resources on play's role in early childhood learning here.
Wakefield's daily schedule allows time for both structured lessons and unstructured play time. The object of the structured lessons is to provide even more fuel for students’ imagination while unstructured play time allows students the opportunity to absorb and integrate what they have learned into their ever expanding minds.