Play is young children’s work. Through an intentionally prepared environment, children learn the skills they need to be successful in school and in life.
A play centered curriculum allows for teachers to act as facilitators of children’s learning. Activities are planned allowing opportunities for children to make choices; there is a balance between teacher directed and child led activities.
One of the components contributing to intentional planning is a prepared environment. Classrooms are arranged in learning centers. These centers help children decide where they want to play and contain materials that stimulate their creativity and imagination. Throughout the day, the children are offered opportunities for uninterrupted play. This creates a venue for the children to be spontaneous.
When intentional play occurs is a setting, children’s cognitive, physical, language and literacy, and social/ emotion development is enhanced.