But it's just playdough!

At SPK, we used play-based learning to “immerse your child in a broad range of skills development, experiences and learning that not only help to equip them to school life - but for lifelong learning”, (Kathy Walker, Ready, Steady, Go pg 37)

Play-based learning is not the sort of play that your child does at home or with friends. It can looks similar – but is has been planned and directed by our experiences and qualified educators to promote a range of learning and skill acquisition.

Depending on the age, abilities and interests of your child is it:

arly literacy and numeracy (eg. Counting out, sharing portions among friends, naming elements like colours or texture)
Language/communication skills (eg. Negotiating who gets to use the colour stones or scissors)
Thinking skills (eg. Should I do playdough first or painting, who else it at the table, what sort of tools do I need)
Experimenting with fine motor skills, muscle control and hand-eye coordination
Socialisation and working alongside others (eg. Taking turns, responding to questions)
Appropriate risk-taking (eg. What happens if I roll this our really really long?)
Self-initiation (eg. What shall I make, asking for extra equipment to finish a task)
Responding to routines and expectations (eg. Replicating designs, helping to pack up)
Creativity (eg. Is it a cupcake/robot, what will this playdough cat do next)

Through one-on-one and group discussion, we can extend these learning experience further – and hone in on areas where you child might benefit from further assistance. What would happen if you built another level? I can see a lot of colours here – what sort of colours can you see? Taking that crayon I was using has made me feel sad – can you fee how I am feeling sad (pull sad face)? How else could we ask for the scissors?

It’s never just playdough

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Summerhill Park Kindergarten would like to acknowlege the people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we learn and play and pay our respects to their elders, both past and present.