How learning through play sets your kindergarten child up for success
For many people the approach to play based learning just doesn’t make sense. How do you support a child’s transition to a structured classroom environment by just playing?
The answer is simple. Children are naturally motivated to play!
Research unequivocally shows that in the early years, children are best engaged through play-based activities. Based on this knowledge, our kindergarten program builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning.
This approach to learning involves activities that are both initiated by the child and their interests, as well as being driven by the teacher.
Why is play-based learning best for kindergarten kids?
High quality kindergarten and preschool programs are geared towards helping children develop the foundational skills they need for a smooth transition to school. A program delivered through play-based learning makes it active and fun for children and helps them to develop an openness to learning that lasts well into adult life.
Play is a child’s natural way to learn. It’s how they make sense of the world, test, trial and hypothesise, express their curiosity and make vital social connections. Play is hard-wired into children and is perfect for their developing brains, so it makes sense that we capitalise on this when preparing them for school.
Benefits of Play-Based Learning
The benefits of play-based learning are long and varied. As well as preparing children for school and beyond, children develop social skills, supporting them to work in teams and make new friends. It supports their language and literacy development, fosters creativity and imagination and instils confidence and self-discipline, as well as a lifelong love of learning.
Some of the many benefits of play-based learning include:
- Social skills, negotiation, resilience, team work
- Language (asking questions, encouraging conversation and introducing unfamiliar words)
- Develops pre-literacy skills
- Fosters creativity and imagination
- Develops confidence and independence
- Develops a love of learning
- Develop self-discipline
We’ve written more about play-based learning here so you can see what it looks like in action.
How to implement play-based learning at home
The early learning environment should be an extension of your family life and home, supporting your child to feel connected to the world around them.
Let your child navigate and lead the way in play time at home. Encourage them to be creative with arts and craft, as well as dancing and drama. Read to your child and let them join you in the garden or with general cleaning activities around the home – there are learning opportunities for your child everywhere you look!
We use a wide variety of play-based learning activities that provide your child with the opportunity to question and experiment. You can do the same at home with everyday activities such as counting the apples you purchased at the grocery store or making patterns with everyday household items.