These early childhood years are an important time for developing gross motor control, coordination, and self-confidence in a child’s own physical abilities. At MVMS, we believe that the best way for children to learn these skills is to be allowed to play outside in a safe but challenging environment, with careful supervision for safety, but minimal instruction from adults about the way the various components of the environment should be accessed.
Our playground has opportunities for running, climbing, sliding, crawling, rolling downhill, digging, swinging, gardening, dramatic play, and even sitting peacefully to listen to wind chimes. Given the chance, children will “educate” themselves beautifully in this environment. The key piece is that opportunity, which we strive to provide as often as our New England weather allows.