The Unique Technique "Learning Through Play" For Kids Today!
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
The role of a school in helping children learn at kindergarten level [MB1] doesn't limit to merely educating them about facts and trivia of the world. Their role exceeds the prospect of educating and descends into shaping the character of the children.
Kindergarten is the initial stage of a child's life as a student. Although children start learning right from the moment when they are capable on a cognitive level, they truly gain knowledge when they are learning through exploration. A child’s mind is like a sponge, and it is capable of absorbing enormous amounts of knowledge at the initial stage.
To accommodate learning at such a young age, it becomes the job of the adults in the child’s life to provide him with proper means to gain information.
Learning through play helps children adopt a high level of creativity, along with intellect. They get a chance to enhance their skills at an early stage, under proper guidance. It is a process, in the field of education and psychology, through which a child can develop social and cognitive skills through playing while learning.
Whitby School believes in giving a child the chance to learn on their own. Whitby is a co-educational day school (located in Greenwich, Connecticut) working independently for students who are grouped between 18 months and 8thgrade.
It is the first school worldwide that combines Montessori and International Baccalaureate within its early edification program. It is known as the longest running school in Montessori, United States. Learning through play is something that is encouraged highly in this school.
What is “Learning through Play?”
The objective of play has often related to selfish reasons for a child’s satisfaction. Play has little to no rules and is hence common amongst the age group of 2 - 6-year-olds. Therefore, to incorporate a resource of learning in this objectiveless task ensures child development through play. Because a child readily invests a lot of time and energy in playing, under the correct guidance, they can learn from what they are playing.
There are different techniques through which learning through play can be established:
1. Locomotive Play: This method includes physical play like running, exercising, climbing, etc. There has been researching which shows that when children indulge in physically draining play, there are most likely to concentrate better on tasks, which require them to sit. 
2. Social Play: This involves playful interaction between children while playing where they indulge in conversations, which create certain situations that will help them in real life. The help from an adult in this play proves to be more helpful.
3. Parallel Play: Here, children play next to each other but without any interaction. Involvement of objects or language is common in this type of play. It can also include healthy, playful fighting which ends with the children laughing
4. Object Play: This method is centered on object-based playing where children play games with objects like building blocks, jigsaw, cars, dolls, etc. This helps them recreate situations they have seen in their lives – feeding a baby, cleaning up – and helps them develop action-oriented skills that the children can use in their day to day lives. They develop a more independent and creative thinking process. 
5. Language Play: Vocabulary, grammar, phonology, and finding the meaning of the new words they hear is something children indulge in around adults. Hence, introducing them to these concepts to help them learn through play becomes extremely beneficial. It helps in increasing communicational skills developed through play.
6. Pretend Play: This method helps a child in real life social situations because they create role plays for fun amongst them. This also allows them to become socially educated. It further helps them incorporate correct behavior and good manners.
At Whitby, children are allowed to take part in all sorts of play to obtain maximum knowledge, for every intellectual skill. The school believes in giving children a prospect to grow on their own, but make sure to provide them the right path and guidance.
How does “Learning through Play” help a Child?
Children learn vivaciously through first-hand experiences. They can teach themselves a lot through trial and error of trying to fit in the world of adults; they merely need guidance. Play-based education is established on a system called “Vygotskian model of scaffolding.” In this model, the tutor provides advice and encouragement and pays attention to precise essentials of the play activity on kid’s learning. 
When we encourage learning through play, the chances of a child adopting a positive attitude towards life and developing good manners is high. They use the skills learned through play in real life social situations, and prove communicational competence. Their emotional IQ, henceforth, shows better results. 
It is extremely important to keep the children’s behavior in check, as well as teach them the rights and wrongs of life when their minds are fickle. Hence, through play, it becomes easy to correct their behavior. Since children enjoy contributing their time into this, and the adults in their lives obtain an opportunity to inculcate education within their play sessions. This method of teaching helps children to be ready for the future and helps them grow with proper values and morals.
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Today, statistics show that children who have gained development through play have a higher emotion and intellectual capacity than those who learn through pure academics. They do better in the future when it comes to employment.  Therefore, it is high-time that educational institutions start incorporating play in their teaching methods for children.
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[MB1]Kindergarten and Primary levels