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ActivitySpecific Skills Learned
Finding toys or learning materials to work with by self or with othersCognitive: Makes decisions about interests and abilities. Self-help: Finds toys by himself or sets up environment for play. Social/Language: Learns to share, barter, manage conflict and ask for help. Emotional: Lears about acceptance and rejection.
Block PlayPhysical: Learns to balance and line them up (small motor coordination). Cognitive: May count blocks, sees patter and design, learns to build and plan structure, matches blocks that look alike. Social: Learns to share and cooperate
Dramatic PlaySocial: Plays adult roles, develops self-image and coordinates with others. Language: Learns to express self in another role. Cognitive: Decides appropriate dress and appearance for role, uses visual perception to assess self, others and play environment, learns and remembers behaviors to imitate, develops abstract thinking abilities. Self-help: Dresses self, sets up play environment and finds props.
Setting the tableCognitive: Counts silverware, glasses, napkins or places one object by each setting, follows patter of place settings. Social: Cooperates with other children, may teach younger children to help. Physical: Picks up and places objects (small motor coordination).
Sitting down to eatPhysical: Pours milk, passes the dish (small motor coordination). Cognitive: Measures to pour, understands directions. Social/Language: Learns appropriate table conversation and manners.
Roots and Wings
"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings." - Hodding Carter
"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
- Dale Carnegie