Young children learn through sensory stimulation, movement (as discussed in episode #22), hands-on experience and through interaction with more knowledgeable peers. If we took a closer look at play and how children engage in play, we will see that play provides children with many opportunities for all of the above. Isn’t this amazing?
If we employ play in education, how do we ‘measure’ the children’s level of development?
We, as adults, often measure children’s learning by what they have learnt. However, with young children, they don’t learn like we do. Their learning is a process. So we need to measure the children’s development by the process rather than the end result of their work.
How do I justify this to parents who may view play as a waste of time?
1) Direct parents to my book ‘Cool Stuff Your Parents Never Told You About Parenting’ where they can find all the necessary info in one place. Or they could go to my website and get a free chapter!
2) Now , I’m also starting a podcast for parents (like really, really soon) which will discuss all the topics that I’ve shared here on this podcast except that in the parent’s podcast, it will be tailored to parenting and how parents can implement these skills within the home environment.
By educating parents, they will not only understand and appreciate what you are doing in class, but will also learn to practice the same at home, thus maintaining the home-school continuity.
I will be starting a 4-week online workshop soon which teaches Early Childhood Educators how to use play to settle children quickly in the classroom and to promote good behavior, amongst other interesting topics. Click here if you’re interested to learn more, and get notified of the special early bird discount.
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