Posted on 02/24/2014 at 07:22 AM by Global Reach
Preschool is a time when children play – and play – and play. Children in every society in the world PLAY. It is how children learn. But ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more and at younger and younger ages. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens and preschools more like elementary schools. Even the push to high standards are taking away time from quality play.
Direct teaching is an effective way to get children to learn a specific skill but it also makes children less likely to discover unexpected information and draw their own conclusions. In directed teaching, the children begin to unconsciously think, “She’s the teacher. If there is something interesting she will show it to me.” This assumption can lead children to narrow their thinking and learning. Without the teacher directing the learning, the children look at much broader ranges of information.
Knowing this, it is more important than ever to give children motivating, hands-on, spontaneous learning experiences. A rich environment with supportive adults and lots of exploration leads to learning. So PLAY, PLAY, PLAY.