Playing the learning game

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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I often hear people downplay the importance of early childhood education: young children are just playing is the common thread to this. The reality is that from the moment of birth, playing is children’s learning, and very successful learning it is too when you consider the huge amount of knowledge children gain in their first years of life.

At no other point in our lives are we likely to learn as much about how to function in the world, communicate, problem solve, think, manage our emotions, learn what is socially acceptable behaviour, read other people and respond appropriately.

Australia has a national early childhood curriculum which identifies the kind of learning outcomes we want for our young children. These learning outcomes cover all elements of children’s lives, not just academic skills because we know how important it is for young children to grow up well rounded human beings.

Children in Australian early childhood programs will be offered opportunities to gain a strong self-identity and learn how to fit into, and contribute to, their world. They will learn how to be confident and involved learners, be supported to develop a strong sense of wellbeing and to develop the skills to be effective communicators.

You might wonder where important academic skills such as literacy and numeracy fit into this curriculum. Imagine for a moment children playing in the sandpit.

First of all they are having fun so they stay in the sandpit playing for a sustained period of time. In that time they are likely to fill buckets with sand and dump the sand out. They learn that it takes more shovels of sand to fill a bigger bucket; that a bigger shovel fills the bucket more quickly and that the same number of shovels that filled the small bucket only fill part of the big bucket (all maths concepts – size, volume, fractions).

They learn to share the different buckets and shovels, how to play alongside other children without wrecking their creations, and how to deal with the child who tries to snatch the bucket that they are using (social skills – problem solving, learning appropriate behaviour, managing conflict, using language to communicate with peers).

They learn how to involve other children in their game, how to negotiate the rules of the game they are playing together and how to manage the children who challenge the rules (leadership skills – negotiation, peer relationships, conflict management all using language).

They learn how to describe what they are doing and identify roles that others can take to join the play (language and literacy – using sequences in language, descriptive language, using language to develop scripts).

Life lesson: From the moment of birth, playing is children’s learning.

As W. B. Yeats once wrote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” We can light the fire for our Armidale children by making sure that they all have quality learning opportunities in their homes and in their early childhood programs.

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