New Common Core State Standards
Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts with the new Common Core State Standards. You’ll also learn more about how you can support your child’s learning and other helpful information. Read More
Learn More About Common Core State Standards
To be successful in an ever-shrinking, increasingly competitive global economy, our high school graduates will need to move on to higher education or career training: Community college, a four-year university, vocational school or an apprenticeship. Read More
Pretend Play is Important Work (from Too Small to Fail)
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” Walt Disney
When young children dress up as superheroes or doctors, or imagine that a cardboard box is a spaceship landing on the moon, they are taking part in pretend play. By pretending, children build their social and emotional development, and learn vital life skills, all while having fun.
Children explore their feelings about new situations and interactions with people through pretend play. Researchers have found that imaginary play helps children learn how to control their emotions and impulses by allowing them to practice first how they will speak or act in any given situation. Much like adults might practice a speech in front of a mirror, children use pretend play to prepare how they will behave in real life. And when they engage in pretend play with other children or adults, they learn how other people react in different situations, too.
Pretend play also allows children to test out language skills that they may otherwise be unsure of, as they talk out loud about their actions and those of imaginary friends.
The best kind of pretend play doesn’t require special toys or equipment: simple, inexpensive items lying around the house work great. Parents can encourage pretend play in their young children by providing them with safe, household items like old clothing and recycled cardboard to prompt their imaginations—and by joining in the fun, too!
Resources for Sharing:
- This article from PBS Parents suggests some ways that parents can encourage pretend play in young children.
- Research on the importance of imaginative, open-ended play from NPR.
- This article from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood explains the benefits of pretend play, and offers tips for parents.
- These powerful quotes might inspire you to engage in imaginative role-play with your kids.
September 13, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Community Health and Safety Fair
Information on Safety, Health and Physical Fitness. Community representatives will provide information on resources in our community. Fun, Easy and Healthy Cooking Activities. Everyone is welcome. More Info
November 22, Creativity Counts: Using the Early Childhood Classroom as a Canvas
Creativity focuses on the process of forming original ideas through discovery and exploration. It is about thinking, discovering, exploring, and imagining. Come find out how to nurture creativity in children (and yourself!) in many domains, not only in the obvious — art and music — but also in science, math, storytelling, etc. More Info