How to Learn Through Interactive Playing
Inspiring children is the main focus of each and every day of my life. I work with kids between the ages of 5 and 7 and I find it to be the most rewarding and fun job. In fact it’s hard to just think of it as a job, it’s my life and I get a lot out of it. Sure the money could be better, and it’s stressful at times, but I sleep well at night and I look forward to the next morning which is a lot to be thankful for.
Learning Through Play
I have some great tips to help you teach and inspire children through play. Too many people are so worried about the fundamentals that they forget that learning should be fun. If you start drilling the alphabet and colours children will start to feel pressured and stop enjoying the learning process. This is never good news. It’s easy to feel like you’re in competition with the Jones’ whose child can already read and write age three but it’s not a competition. These are precious years and it’s not worth ruining all that potential fun.
If you are hoping to teach your child the right way follow these simple tips for great results. They can help prepare your child for pre-school and reception but makes sure you both enjoy those precious years which are so important in a child’s life, and your own.
Five Tips for Playful Learning
- Create a safe environment for play. This is essential and often goes without saying in the home. If you are renting a space for play make sure it is appropriate and safe for the children you have with you. In the home it’s also a good idea to create spaces for play and learning which are separate from the places for relaxation and sleep. Make your life easier by providing small tables and chairs, lots of storage space and fun activity toys which will save your expensive dining table from damage.
- Roleplaying real life situations. Social skills are so important. They help children learn how to interact correctly and can teach the way the world works in many different scenarios. Some great ideas for roleplaying including playing house, shops, and schools. You can gain inspiration from the activities you do together each day. If you are moving house you can play removal services which can prepare the child for the big day and disruption. When you have been to the post office you can role-play the post man and learn how letters get from one place to another. The list is endless.
- Planning playing. Although it’s good to be spontaneous you can create understanding by talking about the play of the day. Talk about what you will be playing, what’s going to happen during the play and then discuss it together so everyone is clear on what’s going to happen. This is a basic part of communication between you and your child.
- Set great examples for your children. If you are focusing on trying to stop arguments and fighting you’ll need to work on communication. Distractions are great at taking the children away from an incident but if they occur frequently could your child be picking up animosity elsewhere? Think about how you are reacting in similar situations and see if you can change the way you are acting in order to improve socialising and cooperation in your child.
- Positivity. The best thing you can do is to be positive and avoid negativity. Try and stay calm and never worry your child into thinking they are not being good enough or learning quickly enough.
Encourage positive behaviour and improve learning through having fun in a safe environment. If you need school supplies you can find some excellent equipment online.