What is Play-Based Learning?
This September 35,000 Ontario Kindergarteners are testing out a new play-based learning curriculum. Play-based learning is no longer a fun idea to consider, it may be a reality for Ontario parents with young children. Do I have your attention now?
Through history and research, it's become clear that allowing children the freedom to play will only help them achieve academic success.
There has been a push in recent years for kids to understand mathematics and reading at younger and younger ages. We see this especially in the US, where kindergartners are receiving homework every night. The results? Children become frustrated and shut-down when you shove academics down their tiny little throats. They hate it, and as a result they resent learning.
Experts are now attempting to forge a new way of learning. Something that actually works, and gets kids to enjoy learning. The result is implementing a play-based learning curriculum.
There is a great post that captures exactly what play-based learning is, called The Therapeutic Process of Play. In summary, allowing children to play both at home and in school helps them to work through different emotions and encourages self-regulation of these feelings.
Resources For More Information:
Play At Home Mom LLC
The New Play-Based Learning Curriculum Explained
Want To Get Your Kids Into College? Let Them Play
EQ over IQ: play-based learning and success
What are your thoughts on play-based learning?