" Our children need practice handling safe disagreements with us and with peers. When our infant or toddler is struggling with a peer over a toy and we immediately suggest, “Oh, look at this cool toy over here…,” we rob him of a valuable opportunity to learn how to manage conflicts himself. "
Those of you who have chosen "Plaza" as a preschool for your child most likely have some understanding of what a "play based" learning environment is as opposed to an academically structured one. We have stood our ground on behalf of children learning to manage their world socially, emotionally and physically all the while providing them with the opportunity to achieve academic skills as they are interested and developmentally ready as we have always believed that is the best practice for young children. There are certainly other options out there but I feel hopeful when I see and hear that the pendulum is indeed starting to swing back towards "play" being the the buzzword in Preschool related articles and issues. My true hope is that this information is heard by people who create policy and that, I believe is up to us as concerned educators and parents who have seen first hand that learning through play is the best way!
We have just added a new book to our lending library that we are excited about. It's great to have quality, science-based material that reinforces our principles here at Plaza.
I am gonna read it first and then it will be available :)
Hello out there! The Plaza Family Band has a couple of shows coming up next month and we want to let know about them.
- Fri, Oct 10: Fall Festival, The Vine (formerly Kilgo Church) in Plaza-Midwood, 5-6:30pm.
- Sat, Oct 25, 2014: Fall Crawl Cankerworm Festival at Midwood Park (also in Plaza Midwood) Time TBD.
Blast from the past! Here is a photo from the Plaza Family Band "Playground Hootenanny" cd release party that was held at the Pizza Peel in February 2010.
Please enjoy this sampling of music from the Holiday Hoedown! Your copy is waiting! JUST $10! Hey, Ms Claus... I mean, Ms. Cress likes it!
Just a sampling of songs from The Plaza Family Band's Holiday Hoedown CD! Just in time for the holidays! Sales to benefit the Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School, Charlotte, NC.