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Play and learnPlay and learning - butterflies

Children learn while they play. Play allows children to explore their environment in fun and exciting ways. Play is how children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play nurtures development in many ways. The extra vocalisation that occurs during play activities develops important pre-reading skills such as word pronunciation, speaking and communicating, listening and comprehension.

Twin girls - Play and learn

For hundreds of years, early childhood theorists have recognised that children play and learn. In the late 1700’s, Friedrich Froebel a German theorist, laid the foundation for modern childhood education. He was the first person to propose the kindergarten (kinder = children and garten = garden). Froebel stated that guided play was the best method for children to learn.

In the early 1900’s, John Dewey a well known American psychologist and education reformer said that children learn best through play and real life experiences. He was one of the first theorists to state that early childhood education should be based on the child's interests. Today, it is widely accepted by early childhood specialist across the world that children learn best through play based experiences and activities that are based on the child’s current interests.

The Australian Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as:

"A context for learning through which children organise and
make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively
with people, objects and representations”.

Babies learn and play- watch this video

In this video by Alison Gopnik on TED 'What do babies think?' Alison talks about the fascinating minds of children, and shows us how much babies and young children can really understand. Click here to watch video..... 

This talk is particularly interesting as it explains how babies are designed to learn, Alison compares a baby’s thought processes to an adult, in love, in Paris for the first time after consuming three espressos.

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