Home Learning for May 11th, 2020

Sheila O'Donoghue

Dear Kindergarten Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to our ninth week of Online Learning.

The importance of Messy Play.
To mess about is to play with something and it is through play - which is part of the creative process (Duffy 1998) - that children learn and develop. Children are being creative when they use materials in new ways, combine previously unconnected materials and make discoveries that are new to them, and messy play enables children to do all these things. 
Children use all their senses in the process of exploration, especially the sense of touch.  It offers children plenty of opportunity to mould and manipulate materials without having a focus on making or producing something specific.  It leaves the child free to explore all sorts of possibilities and helps hugely to develop concentration. Always allow your child to experiment with messy materials as it is both enjoyable learning and very important work for them.

Today's story "Down By The Station" is read by Ms. Lara Mae.

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