Interaction between preschool students is a vital component to their learning experience. ‘Group socialization’ is defined as the process whereby individuals are made aware of the behavior that others expect of them as regards the norms, values and culture of their society. For us, it’s so much more than that.
Why is Group Socialization vital in Preschool?
As they socialize, children develop the ability to see other’s perspective, develop a sense of self with respect to the people around them, and explore what can happen when people cooperate with each other. In isolation, a child’s ability to learn, empathize, and verbalize languishes; in a healthy group environment, these things can flourish.
How does Cape Ann Preschool encourage Group Socialization?
A day in the life of a Cape Ann Preschool student consists of mostly group activities with the option of quiet time if students care to take some time for themselves. Each age group has their own classroom and dedicated teachers, though outside play is often shared with other age groups. Age-appropriate activities are generally provided as group events, at tables or play areas, and include:
- Circle time
- Time to share, participate in give-and-take conversation lead by the teacher, to become comfortable speaking in front of group
- Costumes and dress-up and role-play
- Daily art activity focused on the individual process rather than product
- Sensory Areas including playdough, water table, rice table
- For creative exploration of and exposure to a variety of sensory stimuli including colors, textures, scents, and tools
- “Have-tos” (in the older class): one required activity each week
At Cape Ann Preschool, we look to immerse our students in a fun, supportive, and educational environment to expose children to a variety of structured and open play experiences.