The importance of an early learning experience is that playing is school readiness.

Environments that encourage play are environments that are preparing children for a love of life long learning. This is like a house with a strong foundation. The foundation supports the house of higher learning. Without a foundation, we have no strong house.

Seven things we must do with children each day are:

  1. Create – in dramatic play, art, discovery, blocks
  2. Move – takes in new information and uses both the inside and outside environment
  3. Sing – words and stories with your senses
  4. Discuss – communication, social skills, the need to be with others
  5. Observe – incorporating all of the senses (smell, touch, taste, see and hear)
  6. Read – read, read, read with variety
  7. Play – is the cement that holds our foundation together


These statements are taken from a presentation from Lisa Murphy, the ooey gooey lady and her workshop The Importance of Play.

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