Friends, I am learning so MUCH about learning through play. A year and a half ago, learning through play meant something entirely different to me. It meant fun, involved games and tasks that I created for my children. "They're learning!" I thought, as I cut out pieces for memory games and helped set up camping scenes for imaginative play. These things ARE fun for my children, but they AREN'T what people mean when they say children learn through play.
Why do parents, myself included, feel the need to be so involved with their little ones' learning during the early years? Do we not trust that children are capable of learning through play? Do we not believe the years of hard work by researchers and philosophers that says unstructured play when our children are young is best for their development; cognitively, physically, and emotionally?
This month, I'm republishing a 5 day series I wrote in 2017 about learning through play. I'm applying what I've learned through reading lots of books, training to be a Tinkergarten leader, and observing my children do their work of play.
Charlotte Mason mentioned several types of play in her volumes:
- Outdoor play
- Imaginative play
- Playing with letters to learn the alphabet
- Playing card, board, or dice games (to rest)
- Organized games (like sports)
- Observational games, played outside or with household objects
- Role-playing games to learn manners
I'll address these types of play in this series, and what you can do to be sure that your child is playing meaningfully (hint: it involves observing more than directing!)
Five Days of Play
Monday, February 6: The Best Ways to Encourage Learning Through Play
Tuesday, February 7: Sensory Bins that Engage ALL the Senses
Wednesday, February 8: Help! I Don't Like Playing With My Kids!
Thursday, February 9: How to Inspire Creative Play in Your Preschooler
Friday, February 10: Preschoolers Will Love Learning With These Games!
These links will appear in this series, or are related to learning through play.
3 Reasons You Should Play Uno With Your Preschooler
5 Ways For Preschoolers to Learn Using Quirkle
11 Ways to Practice the Alphabet in the Great Outdoors
How Technology Impacts Your Child's Creativity
Making the Most out of Outdoor Play in the Early Years