The After school Program at High Tech Elementary Explorer is play-based for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Programs with a play-based philosophy “teach children to think creatively so they may succeed in a complex and ever-changing world” (Evanston). Play positively impacts a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Play is a way of learning for children. Values that support learning through play include:
- Children are viewed as thinkers, reflecting about their world.
- Purposeful play is when children learn through the process of their efforts.
- Children gain knowledge by building on a path of ever increasing knowledge.
- Children are encouraged to make choices and practice individual decision-making” (Evanston).