Jumat, 27 Juli 2012

What Children Learn By Playing

What Children Learn By Playing

Instead of having kids cram information and simply talking to them about various concepts, parents, along with several educational institutions, are adopting the art of teaching by playing with children. This, they believe, is a better way of inculcating not only concepts but also essential values, particularly in the most formative stages of a child's life. It is human nature to learn by experience, rather than when told or explained by someone else. Children should be allowed to learn from the consequences of their actions, and then realize why they were or weren't asked to do something. With parent and teacher participation and involvement, for children, learning can be made fun rather than a mundane, stressful task that emphasizes only on cramming as much information as possible.

A lot of concepts that education cannot impart are taught by the simple act of engaging in various indoor and outdoor activities. Here's what kids learn when they engage in such activities:


  • By being allowed to play, children are free to explore their surroundings and develop experiences that are unique to them.
  • They learn to take control and are capable of making their own decisions.
  • They learn to respect rules and the choice of others around them.
  • Children learn how to use their imagination in play and this helps develop creativity. The use of imagination also helps them shut out unpleasantness and tackle inherent fears.
  • Free play allows kids to indulge and appease their inquisitiveness.
  • Interactions with others help develop communication skills and aid personality development.
  • The involvement of parents in the entire process helps strengthen the bond between the child and parent, as children learn how to share their experiences with their parents.

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