::: our play based learning philosophy revisited
It is in our motto “no play, no learning – know play, know learning” that our play based philosophy is built.
While we girls no longer teach kindergarten together we still have a very strong philosophy when it comes to children having the opportunity every day to learn through their play. We get a lot of emails and Facebook messages from parents, tertiary students and educators asking us to share our philosophy on what “play based learning” means to us.
Of course every persons true philosophy is unique to themselves but for those who find it hard to express their beliefs to parents, or even co-educators, who may be struggling with the whole idea of putting PLAY-BEFORE-LEARNING, we thought we would share with you once again a post we published a while back on our play based learning philosophy.
::: REPOSTED from April 6th 2011
As we start to branch out talking to a wide range of early years educators and university students, we are amazed at the differing views on what play based learning actually is!
As a summation, our thoughts on play based learning is that it is teaching the children as they like to learn – through play.
Play based learning does not mean that the children just do what they like all day. There will be times when the children come together as a group where they will learn to listen to each other, share information, follow rules and partake in group activities. Play based activities don’t replace intentional teaching, rather complement and enhance it!
In a play based learning setting children will be provided with long periods of uninterrupted play time. They will have the opportunity to follow their own interests. They are encouraged to initiate activities and be self directed with the support of their teachers. They learn to take ownership of their work. They will be gently moulded into independent children with initiative and the confidence to take risks, knowing that there is no right or wrong way.
Open ended play based learning focuses on the process not the product. It is the learning that is taking place that is the all important factor.
Many teachers, as we did, are now choosing to run indoor/outdoor programs and free snack times to enable and enhance the long stretches of uninterrupted play times. This of course is not always possible as the actual physical setup of the centre may not be conducive to it.
When you visit our Education Directory you will discover early childhood settings which reflect this philosophy.