Children Learn Through Play: Fun, Free Friday
After a week of structured learning and learning through play, children are given the opportunity to let down their hair, get loose, and have an extraordinary day of fun. Friday is called Fun, Free Fridays, and it is just that! Though learning is still taking place through playing, it is less structured with less direction from teachers. Children develop their social skills, learn to compromise, and develop their ability to lead as well as to follow the lead of someone their age.
This time is a great opportunity for staff to observe children individually to identify areas of strength or weakness in social and language development, cognition, emotion, and motor skills. How successful the child does in parallel play and solitary play is very important and the staff will be able to identify how well a child explores the room to be more creative in his/her solitary play time.