The St. Mary Catholic School Early Childhood Program ensures that students in Preschool and VPK have adequate outside playtime scheduled in their day. At this age, play is a vital part of a child’s life. Outdoor play is essential for both physical growth, motor development, building physical strength and improving balance and coordination. Outdoor play fosters opportunities for creativity, imagination and social interactions. A place where they can run, jump, climb, shout, explore and learn about the creatures God created and make a mess. Being outside and playing with friends allows children to stretch their imaginations and practice their social and communication skills. Having the right playground equipment specifically designed for this age group is key as it strengthens gross motor skills which helps develop the fine motor skills needed for penmanship.
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