The Power of Play in Learning
In my twenty-five years in the field of education, I have been witness to the growth of young children becoming intellectually curious, lifelong adult learners! How? I believe it is the result of a powerful and formative education based on experiential learning.
In school, when we talk about core knowledge and 21st century skills, we are talking about skills, characteristics and qualities that help a child to build confidence, creativity and independent thinking. We know that children need to be taught the core skills in reading, writing and math and we know that children are most responsive when learning is placed in context to the child.
Learning must have meaning and therefore children must participate in the process. Children need to be taught how to ask good questions, to analyze and synthesize information, and to solve problems. They must be given the time to play with numbers and letters, time to play with others and time to play with ideas.
Original post date: October 10, 2014