Being a preschool and lower grade teacher, I hear from parents that the child goes home and say "we just played today", what?!?!? I also have a preschool age child myself, my beautiful Gigi that turns 4-years-old today! and when I asked what she did at school today, I also get the same answer! If I didn't know any better I'd think I am wasting my hard-earning money on preschool...which I'm definetely not!
I feel it is our responsibility to explain and educate parents in what we do in the classroom and what skills they are developing when they are "just playing".
Here's a collage of four different learning centers and the skills they are working on while visiting the centers.