At St. Thomas’s Day School, we celebrate and preserve childhood by allowing Kindergarten children to move and play freely in an environment that is carefully prepared to pique curiosity and stimulate learning. Guided play is used to help children discover, experiment, problem-solve and interact with their peers. It provides children opportunities to actively explore their environment and the world around them while learning about language, math, art, communication, social interaction, and creativity. Children thrive because they spend their days doing what children do best: playing.
The outdoor spaces at St. Thomas’s Day School are considered extensions of the classrooms, providing children with opportunities to creatively express themselves and develop their physical skills. Unstructured outdoor play provides an outlet for physical energy while releasing stress and promoting social skills. Each grade is given at least two scheduled recesses per day. In fact, all children at St. Thomas’s Day School go outside every single day in every type of weather. Recess provides a break from classroom learning, which is more focused and requires concentration.