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The Importance of Play in Young Learners’ Development

As preschool teachers at Orange Community Nursery School (OCNS), we are acutely aware that our students learn best in a playful environment.  OCNS (located at the High Plains Community Center) has traditionally been a play-based program and we’ve resisted the push in education to move to a rigid learning atmosphere.  Basing our program on sound educational research has been the foundation for our academic, play-based curriculum.  Expanding our format to include a transitional Kindergarten Readiness Program three years ago was a natural evolution for our school.  It has been the perfect fit for our families and we are excited to be offering the Kindergarten Readiness Program again for the 2018-2019 school year.

Our 5s program is a much-needed solution for children with late summer or fall birthdays who would benefit from an additional year of preschool.  Children (up to the age of 7) need to have many whole-body sensory experiences daily to develop strong minds and bodies.  OCNS strives to offer a program filled with these meaningful learning experiences and focuses on aligning it closely with the CT State Frameworks for Early Childhood Education as well as neighboring Kindergarten programs.  It is purposely tailored to meet the needs of this age group and students achieve great success during their first formal year of schooling after graduating from OCNS’ Kindergarten Readiness Program.

By Danielle Hoddinott, Orange Community Nursery School Director & Lead Teacher

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