Play-based Learning And How It Sets Your Child Up For Success
Every parent wants the best for their kid, but this often means balancing fun and playtime with learning, education, and skill development. While the success of your child in the earliest years of development is naturally important, making sure they’re enjoying the journey and spending time just being a kid is equally crucial in bringing up happy, well-adjusted children.
However, fun and education don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive, it’s just about taking a different approach to the problem. And this is where play-based learning comes in.
What is play-based learning?
Play-based learning encourages children to explore their personal interests and learn from their experience and the world around them. It does this by allowing kids to play around with different activities of their own choosing and educators engaging the kids in those activities then introducing elements of education in natural ways.
These aren’t traditional, structured lessons (there are no flashcards or strict chalkboard lessons) but rather a way for children to apply their learning to the world. This approach makes learning lessons of literacy or numeracy much stickier in the child’s brain as they’re able to see first-hand how these lessons can be applied in fields they’re interested in and further grows their curiosity with the world around them.
With play-based learning, educators also get to know each child and their family so are able to tailor their instruction to meet the needs of the individual. This kind of close attention means that children aren’t left behind, but rather their strengths are celebrated and their weaknesses given the opportunity to be worked on in ways that will make the most sense for that child. This means that the education of your child is custom-designed and throws away any notion of ‘one-size-fits-all’ teaching methods. Not all kids are the same, so likewise, their learning journey shouldn’t be treated as such either.
Benefits of play-based learning
Although kids don’t necessarily follow structured school-like lessons, by following the Early Years Learning Framework Curriculum, children receive the best pre-school program that properly prepares them for moving into a school environment. Kids at Bliss Early Learning are also given the opportunity to get involved in lots of extracurricular activities and play-based learning programs that help build their social, mental, and physical wellness.
Beyond just preparing children for school, play-based learning has a lot of other benefits too. Allowing kids the opportunity to play and negotiate the world themselves leads to well-developed memory and language skills, and it assists in building and strengthening pathways in the brain that improves the child’s potential for learning in later life. Not to mention, associating fun and enjoyment with learning means that as kids grow up, they’ll approach education and learning from a more positive and more inquisitive perspective.
Give your kids a head-start in life with the nurturing play-based learning program at Bliss Early Learning. Get in touch with our friendly team of educators to find out more.