The Importance of Learning Through Play
As parent of toddler, we know play has a very important role as our child’s first teacher. Play allows a child to start building problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, and even early language skills. Play is a child’s work and their work is so important!
Children are Born Ready to Learn
From birth, children begin to explore the concepts of growth through play. You may have heard the famous quote by Maria Montessori, “Play is the work of the child.”? It is true; through play our child is learning many skills from early reading and math skills to social skills.
Did you know that parents are often their child’s play partner, and there are few easy things that we can do to foster a child’s learning?
Talk and Talk
Talk about what our child is doing while they are doing it. Walk them through the steps and describe what we see. Use interesting vocabulary and new words to build new connects. Research has shown that young children who hear more words can learn more words. This early vocabulary growth predicts later reading achievement in school and how your child will communicate in the future.
Ask our Child Open-Ended Questions
By asking young children questions, we are giving them the opportunity to practice their developing skill of communication. Ask children about what they are playing or pretending and encourage further play. This will encourage using new vocabulary and putting words together into sentences.
Read to You Child Daily
Reading is another activity that we can start doing from birth. Young children will benefit from the new vocabulary they hear in storybooks and become familiar with the letters of the alphabet. Ask questions about the story or how the characters are feeling, even if your child can’t respond to you! It’s a great way to spend quality time together and instill a lifelong love of books.
Play Educational Games
- Pre-reading – pretending, learning new words, learning letters, and storytelling
- Math – counting and quantity, shapes, sizes, adding and subtracting, sorting, and patterns.
- Science – observation of the various objects (i.e. smooth, rough, etc.), comparison, experimenting, and cause and effect.
- Social/emotional – sharing, problem-solving, taking turns, working together, and using self-control etc.
- Physical – hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and gross motor skills etc.
- Practical life training – buttoning, zipping, scooping etc.
These kids activities can also grow as children do. As child graduates from basic play to more pretend play around ages 3 or 4, let their imagination is the guide!.
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