Instead of prioritizing good grades as the main objective of education, educators now focus more on helping students understand learning as a lifelong process of discovery as well as joy. According to studies, positive early experiences lead to better overall health, improved ability to manage stress and a longer life expectancy.
Moreover, social-emotional capabilities tend to be stronger when children learn through play, and their developing brains have the opportunity to grow and in a nurturing environment.
Play-based learning features human development at an early age and involves child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. Children’s learning is particularly based on interactions that stretch their thinking to higher levels. Here’s how this happens.
Soft Skills Development Through Cooperative Play
Language skills in children are built with the development of content knowledge and cooperative experiences that allow children to develop social skills, competencies, and a disposition to learn.
It also builds self-esteem since children are receptive to exploration and learning while playing. They are also willing to persevere in solving a problem or learning something new. The experience of successful working by trying something challenging helps kids gain self-confidence crucial for better engagement in new environments.
Games and Gamification
Educators often emphasize the time kids spend socializing with their friends through online gaming in any scenario where a child may encounter barriers to in-person socialization (for example, during the COVID-19 pandemic).
In addition to building social connections, video games can also improve remote learning. When done right, gaming and gamification encourage both extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.
Teachers Encouraging and Promoting Play-Based Learning
Teachers help improve play-based learning by creating an environment most suitable for rich play experiences. Teaching means being able to recognize the goals of education, understand how learning works and figure out how it can be applied to every student. Teaching children through different ways of learning provides a strong basis for every grade level.
Play-based learning helps children explore the world as well as gain a language. Bring in costume boxes or design a multiplication board game.
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