Play is a vehicle through which learning occurs. It refers to play in a structured environment around a general curricular goal that is designed to stimulate children’s natural curiosity, exploration, and play with learning-oriented materials.
In guided play, learning remains child-directed. Children learn targeted information through exploration of a well-designed and structured environment…and through the support of adults who ask open-ended questions to gently guide the child’s exploration.
Lots of Leeway in Curriculum Shaping
The intellectual and cognitive benefits of Joy-Based Learning have been well documented.
Children can build relationships, learn to resolve conflicts, negotiate and regulate their behaviours. In play, children usually have increased feelings of success and optimism as they act as their own agents and make their own choices.
They build, imagine, create, and experiment. They use their whole body to interact with the environment. They become agents of their own learning who seek to make sense of the real world, creating their own working theories about the environment around them.
Children at play learn the value of taking a risk; making mistakes and applying a trial and error approach to learning. They set their own goals and establish their own end-point. Through play, children make connections, make discoveries, and make choices based on their own interests, needs, and strengths.
Playing is linked to the development of resilience and the beginnings of empathy as children begin to understand other points of view.
Learning By Doing
Many of our activities are experiential and kinaesthetic or ‘hands on’. We help sustain their ability to imagine, play, and visualise in many of our activities. The dispositions for learning, such as curiosity, openness, optimism, resilience, concentration, and creativity are developed in play.
Learning By Doing
well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning