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Pretend play and development: The View from The First Floor

I am combining my messages from last week and this week, as Mme Camirand and I were away for several days attending a an International Baccalaureate conference with teachers from around the world. As you know, CFIS has begun the implementation of the IB Diploma Programme. While we have not introduced the Primary Years or Middle Years Programmes, we want to ensure that our approach from preschool to Grade 6 continues to support our students in their path towards the IB Diploma in high school.

Thank you to all of you who stopped by my office to say hello during parent-teacher interviews. It is always nice to connect face-to-face, and to hear that your little ones are so enjoying their first months of the school year.
While I was away for Halloween, many of the teachers shared photos of their little ones in their costumes. It is always a pleasure to see their shining faces and sparkling costumes.

Speaking of playing dress-up, did you know…
Pretend play is an important contributor to children’s development of self-regulatory skills? Self-regulation is a part of executive functioning - a group of cognitive skills that significantly predict such long term outcomes as high school graduation and adult life trajectories. This article provides an excellent description of both executive functioning and the importance of pretend play: At CFIS, in addition to providing lots of play opportunities in the early years, we support students' executive functioning skills at all grade levels by explicitly teaching organizational habits and strategies to manage stress and emotions.

Warm wishes;

Mme Amy Murray
Director of Early Childhood Education