Play is the most complete of all the educational processes, for it influences the intellect, the emotions, and the physical development of the child. Through play, the young child recreates the world and comes to understand it.
While playing, children observe, explore, test, examine, question, criticize, discard, choose, listen, and evaluate. Play, in a rich environment, helps children clarify their thinking, manage their feelings, and participate confidently in the world around them.
Waverly’s outdoor classroom space provides materials for climbing, digging, water play, building, tricycle riding, painting, and imaginary play.
Play at Waverly allows children to:
- act out real-life situations
- discover personal interests, skills, and strengths
- learn to respect others, their property, and their feelings
- solve problems, make decisions, and take risks
Play at Waverly develops:
- muscle coordination
- language, math, and inquiry skills
- imagination and creativity
- a depth of concentration