HEALTHY STARTS-- THE PERFECT PLACE TO PLAY!
At Healthy Starts, LLC we develop each movement class with the idea that the children should feel like they are playing. Playing is how children learn. We provide moments to learn as they run, skip, jump, chase, and gather toys from various areas of the room. Does your movement program feel like organized play time? Yes, GREAT!!! You are on the right track. Check out this great article from HealthyChildren.org - They have a great Facebook page as well. (from American Academy of Pediatrics)
"Play is how young children start to get ready for school.
They learn how to feel comfortable being with other children, and how to be a good friend.
Play gets children ready for learning—paying attention to adults, playing nicely with others, and feeling comfortable being away from their parents.
Pretend play is one way children learn about difficult feelings like anger and fear."
See more http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/fitness/pages/Playing-is-How-Toddlers-Learn.aspx