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How Do Children Learn Through Play?

Date: April 19, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Centre Philosophy Blogs, Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs, Teamwork Blogs

By Stephanie Buckingham

 

As children engage in different play experiences they build and develop further skills. They learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop fine and gross motor skills needed for future development. Sometimes as a parent or an educator, we can forget the importance of getting involved in play with children and how they actually benefit from this. This week in the Junior Preschool room at Handprints Wentworth Point we have really been focusing on getting engaged in play with the children and being in the moment.

 

After observing the children’s current interests we decided to get the children to help set up a doctor surgery. Each day we have been watching a 2 minute video based on doctors and nurses and then the fun begins! This meant taking on different roles ourselves, pretending to be hurt, or be a child etc.

 

We may have felt a bit silly at times, but we ended up having loads of fun and great laughs, which meant team bonding for us educators and more precious moments with the children! During these play experiences it allowed expression of personality and uniqueness to shine. It enhanced dispositions such as curiosity and creativity. It enabled children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning and it allowed the children to develop relationships and understandings of concepts.

 

Through reflecting on our teaching practices it was evident that children are more likely to stay at an experience for longer periods of time if their educators or family members are involved in the play with them. In the Junior Preschool room our children remained role playing with their educators and peers for anywhere up to 35 minutes! Which is amazing for toddler aged children. It is safe to say this is going to be an ongoing play experience in our room as we watch the children continue to grow and learn, further their language development, build their social and emotional skills and form those close bonds and relationships with their peers and educators.