Target 1. Student-Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Steps – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Ever wondered what really happens in a preschool or kindergarten classroom? Do they just play all day? Actually, PLAY should take up much of their day – every day!

photo3A child’s work is truly their play. Research clearly shows that through play, young children learn, grow, and develop. The expert teacher observes and becomes a facilitator of a child’s play and their personalized learning.


If you look carefully at children engrossed in play, you can see their learning unfold before your eyes. Watch them try on different roles, learn to cooperate, and demonstrate care for others. Watch them construct, deconstruct, and create anew. Listen as they try out new language and describe their pretend world. Laugh with them as they giggle and hobble across the room on make-believe crutches.


If you ask a preschooler or kindergarten student what they did at school, you will know that they are truly learning when they say, “Oh, we just played.”


When you ask me what I did at school today,

And I say, “I just played.”

Please don’t misunderstand me.

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.

I’m preparing for tomorrow.

Today, I am just a child and my work is play.”

– Quote from GEMS Preschool

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