Learning through play is fun, engaging, and creates connections and bonds. Children develop cognitively, social-emotionally and physically through play. Neuroscience even points to the positive impact of play on the developing brain, not to mention language development. Play is multi-dimensional at PCDS, and examples are everywhere. Students have opportunities for solitary play and social play, both indoor and outdoor. They engage in dramatic play, construction-based play, representational play, raw material play, studio play, academic play, and discovery-based play. On the playground, they have Big Body play, sand play, equipment play, and construction play. Opportunities for play are structured and unstructured.
Play has always been important in the early childhood years, and in the past, it just happened at school and in the neighborhood. Nowadays, since children are not playing outside in the neighborhood as often, play needs to happen at school. Having a playful mindset is invaluable – it lends itself to having fun while teaching and learning, and guarantees joyful connections among Lower School students and teachers alike.