November 2016 Newsletter

As our name suggests, the playroom is a place where children come to play. But what does that mean to play? and why is it so important? Simply put, it is through play that children are able to interact, explore and learn about the world around them. When children play together, they are learning to negotiate and compromise. As they play and build with blocks, concepts such as math and science are being explored. When a child picks up a puzzle piece and decides it’s a cell phone instead, her imagination is being fostered. Play helps children to learn new skills and master old ones. And besides, playing is just plain fun!

Wiggle, Giggle & Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. November dates are the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Recent research have demonstrated that children and adults learn in unique ways and that our current “one-size-fits-all” educational system sometimes caters to a handful of students in each classroom, but not to all. This is not to say that educators and schools must cater to each student’s learning style, however, we should strive to help children succeed and show their potential through other means of learning.
As Diane Ravitch said: “Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent students do not shine in standardized tests, because they do not have standardized minds.”
Here is an overview of the 7 different learning styles:
• Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
• Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
• Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
• Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
• Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
• Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
• Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

We all have our unique learning style. There is no right or wrong to learning styles.