Integrated Learning

Centers are integrated learning at its best.

Children talk (oral language), use small motor skills (physical coordination), work together on a shared project (social skills), sort dishes as they put them away (math), discover how to make bubble bath for babies (science), follow the picture directions for storing blocks (reading), and make grocery lists (writing).

Learning occurs in all areas during center time, in meaningful ways that are appropriate for the young learner.

An important component of each center plan is the description of child-created props. These activities involve young children in making some of the items to be used in the center. When they construct and use their materials in play, they develop a feeling of ownership of the center and responsibility for care of the props.

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