Bee Kids: Buzzing about Playful Learning
Bee Kids has been talking about playful learning since 2010. Our philosophy has always been:
Children learn best when they have the freedom & opportunity to BE KIDS.
What is Playful Learning?
Essentially, playful learning is PLAY.
Play is fun.
Play is exploration and adventure.
Play is science and creativity.
Play is discovery.
Play is learning.
Play assists in the development of fine and gross motor skills. Through play, children develop socially and emotionally; they learn how to negotiate, collaborate, initiate, follow, lead, and participate. In fact, globally, early childhood experts cite that children learn best through play (not through being taught).There is no more effective way to learn, than to learn through play. Click To Tweet
Sadly, over the years, early education has been taken over by assessments, targets, reports, literacy and numeracy goals, and more. Young children complete worksheets to practice their ABCs and 123s. Extensive research finds that play is the natural state in which children learn most effectively and yet the only time to play is during break time.
So, what can we do?
- Allow play
- Encourage play
- Maximize Play
- Promote play
- Use play
- Incorporate play
- Let children play
This can be challenging when faced with the onslaught of information about a child’s developing brain. When policy makers, grandparents, friends, neighbours, colleagues, the media, etc… insist that,
“NOW IS THE TIME TO LEARN,”
We might feel guilty for not joining multiple baby and toddler classes. Anxiety or worry plague us if our sons and daughters don’t know their ABC’s by the time they are 3 years old, when in fact, the average age for children to show interest is between 3-6; and studies repeatedly show that teaching children to read before they are ready can have a negative effect on their learning in the future)!
Play is vital to the healthy development of children’s minds and bodies. In micro-managing play, or in placing value only on “adult-approved” play, we are limiting our children’s potential and denying them one of the most beautiful freedoms of childhood. Let’s change the dialogue:
“NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAY!“
Bee Kids aims to support parents, educators, and children in the pursuit of play. Lets promote play. Let’s encourage play. Let’s play. You can follow and participate on the Bee Kids journey by subscribing to this site and also through joining the discussion on social media.
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