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How Do Children Learn Through Pay?

2019-07-23 Dr. Xia

What comes to your mind when speaking of the word “learning”? Books, desks, classes, homework? But how on earth do children learn? For preschool children, the most important way to learn is through play, just play. Children are born with natural curiosity and a desire to explore the world around them. Their learning is constant, and every kind of game offers the opportunity to learn more. 

  • When the breeze blows, leaves rustle and children pick up specimens of different sizes and colors for their artwork or scrapbooks. Thus they learn about the changing seasons through play.

  • When children dress up as moms and dads, and clothe and feed their “babies” they are mimicking their own real life experiences, learning to work with others and making sense of their worlds through play.

  • When children build their own imagined houses with bricks, they are using constructive play to display their understanding of the spatial structures and to try out mathematical skills such as making use of the different size ratios between the blocks.

In such ways, children use play to learn and apply new knowledge and skills, and to cultivate independent problem-solving skills. Thus, their creative and inquisitive minds grow and they learn to collaborate with others. The development of these deep learning strategies lays an important foundation for their lifelong learning and development. 

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Take a moment to speculate on the following questions:

What was your own most successful learning experience?

Why do you think that was a particularly good learning experience?

Consider the following ways in which that successful learning experience was somehow similar to a child's play:

Being happy: Above all, children are happy when they play games. Although there may be times when they’re disappointed, frustrated, challenged or even fearful, nevertheless happiness is their dominant state of mind when they are at play.

Being symbolic: Children like to imagine and pretend when they play games, taking one thing to mean something else. We adults cannot necessarily infer the meanings that children ascribe to their playthings. 

Being active and voluntary: Children are proactive in games. They use different toys and materials, and communicate with their peers and adults to express their ideas. Adults may be involved, but the game itself belongs to the child. The child owns her own learning.

Being process-driven: A child’s game does not have to have a clear goal or result, in fact the game itself may be the child's goal. While playing games, children constantly come up with new ideas and put them into play, developing different skills in the process. 

Being self-rewarding: The child’s sense of accomplishment comes from an inner reward, not from an externally-imposed source. This motivates the child to further the game and, thus, extend her learning. 

If the above sounds like your own successful learning experience, then you’re more likely to understand how a child feels in play. So, play should not be considered a reward that we give to children for successful learning in a separate context: play itself is their work! We need to let them play!

As we believe that play is a child's work, YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten provides ample spaces for children to play. Let the children play well, and they will learn well and develop well!

Children Have A Lot of Time To Play

At YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten, most of your child's day will be spent playing games. The form of children's games is divided into two types. One is free play time when children can choose their favorite learning areas and toys, indoors or outdoors, and play their own games at will. Teachers observe and record the children's learning process to identify each child’s interests and strengths, and they guide and assist the child’s learning in response to identified needs.

On the other hand, based on the observation and evaluation of each child our expert teachers design personalized play-based learning plans, assess the learning that is taking place, and move the child’s learning from one level to the next. Our richly experienced KG teachers integrate the latest child psychology and pedagogical research findings into each child’s daily play activities. 

Children Have A Variety of Quality Toys And Materials

The indoor and outdoor toys that are available at YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten are all world-famous brands, professionally designed and rigorously tested for quality and safety. We use a wealth of natural and recyclable materials, such as logs, leaves, and pebbles, which stimulate the child’s imagination and creativity, and provide challenging and enjoyable learning experiences.