Structure or Free Play?

Children love to play and they can do it anywhere. Doesn’t matter if it is at home, at daycare, preschool, their Child Development Center or at a romantic dinner with Mommy & Daddy. They learn through play and other hands-on activities. So should children simply have free play all day? Or is a structured environment better?

We say a little bit of both.

They love to touch and feel. Run and jump. Sing and dance. This is how they learn – by doing. But children also love routines. Routines provide the structure and dependability that children need.

Here is a sample of a preschool schedule that provides hands-on learning and free play with structure.

Structure & Free Time Will Boost Your Child’s Learning Ability!

Time Activity
6:30 Arrival, breakfast, centers
8:30 Story Time
9:00 Bathroom
9:10 Snack
9:30 Circle Time
9:45 Table Work Time
10:00 Story Time
10:15 Outdoor Play
11:00 Learning centers
11:45 Music & Movement
12:00 Bathroom
12:10 Lunch
12:45 Bathroom
1:00 Nap
3:00 Bathroom
3:10 Snack
3:30 Outdoor or Indoor Play
4:15 Outdoor or Indoor Play
5:00 Bathroom
5:10 Snack
5:30 Story Time
5:45 Table Toys
6:30 Goodbye

Transitions between these activities will include creative developmental play in many different interest centers: table games, science centers, dress up centers, floor puzzles, table puzzles, library center, block center, rice and water tables, kitchen centers, make believe centers and much more. Times are approximate.

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Robert Rice - Owner

Jenni and I have spent our entire lives surrounded by children. Even if we’ve done something hundreds of times it’s always exciting, fresh and new with fascinated children. | G+ | More about me