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West River Head Start children at play

(l-r) Natalie giving Adrianna a push on the swing, Terrell making a design with the geo boards. Submitted photos


West River Head Start students are given the opportunity the enjoy games and times of play, and for good reasons. The educators at West River understand the importance play has in the development of children. “Children learn best through play. Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of preschool children,” says Wendy Weinzirl with Head Start. “Children develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges and negotiate with others. Play is necessary for the development of fine and gross motor skills. As children experiment and manipulate materials, they learn to navigate through their world.”

(l-r) Dexter manipulating the locks on the puzzle, Torryn taking someone's food order.