Benefits of play and academics in preschool

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Benefits of play and academics in preschool

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I think having a structured environment with academics and free play is so, so important. I feel the children that are exposed to that from a young age are very well-rounded. They are able to communicate, socialize, build peers. I don't want to say the word 'prepares' them for kindergarten, but I think it makes them confident learners. These guys are willing to put their hand up and answer questions regardless of the answer being right or wrong. So when they're put into that kindergarten setting for the first time, they're not afraid, they can kind of tend to navigate their way through that first-time experience a lot easier than other kids that might not have had that same exposure. For us, the biggest compliment we get every year is, "Where did these kids come from?" And these kids go to public school, private schools, and all the teachers ask where these kids come from. And that says a lot about what we do.

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Preschooler Director

Australian native Renae Plant saved Los Angeles-based Camelot Preschool on February 14, 2008 along with a handful of parents who believed that Camelot should remain a community preschool. Over the years, Camelot has flourished under her leadership as owner/director. Renae improved the campus with eco-friendly bamboo floors, synthetic grass, themed sand castle and play structures. Her biggest accomplishment was turning a run-down shed, in record time, into an eco-friendly, open plan classroom with natural skylights and a special indoor/outdoor feel. Most recently she planned and added a Kindergarten Program to compliment the school and continues to implement new exciting parent involvement programs as well as Music, Spanish, Yoga and Sign Language.  She oversees the day-to-day running of Camelot as well as juggling her hubby Livinio and three kids, Ilan, Mateo and Deklan, (all of whom attended Camelot) and her bump maternity clothing line.

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