Daddy A and I were first introduced to the term ‘learning through play’ when we signed our Little Princess up for a membership in Gymboree. According to Wikipedia, “Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.” [Full Article]
Knowing our girl, we were certain this is something that will work for her. We started teaching her words even before she can talk. We bought balls for her play pen and taught her the colors while playing catch.
I let her go up and down the stairs and counted every time she takes a step. She also learned the names of the planets and knows the sun, moon and stars through a song we got from Bubble Guppies. Kelly can identify animals, too, which she learned from our numerous trips to different zoos.
Flowers, trees and the rain were taught during our afternoon walks. While sharing, patience and the concept of friendship were introduced by letting her play with other kids in our street and weekly play dates at Gymboree.
She is also aware that animals should be treated with love. And we taught her that by letting her take care of her own fish (Mrs. Grumpfish) and bird (Sasha). It’s amazing that she never forgets to feed them, she plays with them and even talks to them!
Children can learn so many things through playing and exploring their surroundings! We love this method of teaching so much because it’s fun not only for Kelly, but for Daddy A and I too. Moreover, learning sessions are opportunities for bonding and relaxation (for Mom and Dad).
How do you make learning fun for your kids?