As with traditional approaches, play-based early years programs are focused on teaching and learning. In such programs, play can be in the form of free play (activity that is spontaneous and directed by the child), and guided play (also child-directed, but the teacher is involved in the activity as a co-player) .Both have benefits for children’s learning. To capitalise on these benefits, an optimum play-based program will provide opportunities for both free play and guided play.
Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond
Play also supports positive attitudes to learning. These include imagination, curiosity, enthusiasm, and persistence. The type of learning processes and skills fostered in play cannot be replicated through rote learning, where there is an emphasis on remembering facts.
The inquiry-based nature of play is supported through the social interactions of teachers and children. Teachers take an active role in guiding children’s interactions in the play. Children are supported in developing social skills such as cooperation, sharing and responding to ideas, negotiating, and resolving conflicts.
Teachers can also use children’s motivation and interest to explore concepts and ideas. In this way, children acquire and practice important academic skills and learning in a playful context.
For example, research indicates the increased complexity of language and learning processes used by children in play-based programs is linked to important literacy skills.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school. They support the development of socially competent learners, able to face challenges and create solutions.
Getting the Best from Your Child (Parenting Tips)
Teach her to be a Good Listener
We all know that it’s challenging to contain the capricious mind of a toddler. However, at preschool she will have to take part in various activities such as singing, drawing, listening to her teacher’s explanation and so on. All these will require her to sit still and pay attention. Being a good listener will help her proactively take part in various activities at her preschool.
Again, apart from spending time at home, she will be spending a good 4-5 hours with other kids and teachers at her preschool, taking part in various group activities. These activities require teamwork, and you can encourage this skill in her by playing games with her at home.
Teach her to Follow Instructions
At a young age, we learn through instructions and directions given to us. However, it won’t go that easy, if you don’t know how to follow directions. In preschool, your child will take directions from her teacher to take part in various fun activities. Guide her how to follow instructions by playing games with her, give her fun tasks and take part in it with her.
Helping her to Work with Stationery
Preschools offer various activities which require the use of objects such as pencil,crayon, scissors, wax or colour pencils. You can help her how to handle them correctly by encouraging her to draw and write more. You can teach her writing strokes of alphabets, numbers, etc.
Encourage her to be Independent
At home, you are there to wipe and clean her after various activities such as eating or playing. You are there to help her to wash her hands before and after her meal. However, while in preschool you can’t be there with her. Encourage her to be independent so she can wipe her mouth or nose, or wash her hands on her own. It also generates a sense of responsibility and independence in them, which will be helpful for them in the coming years.
Have a Set Routine
Having a set routine for various activities such as playing, meal, snack, sleep, etc., is important for both of you. Not only it will teach discipline to your kid, but it will also help you manage your own time efficiently. Another advantage is that you won’t have to run after them each time to remind them to have their meals on time or to put them to bed.
Try Not to be Too Strict
Discipline should not be confused with strictness. Children tend to be stubborn if you are too strict with them. Instead talk to them in a friendly manner, win their trust so they can communicate to you without fear. It will also help you to have a strong bond with them.
Don’t Give in to Their Tantrums
Having said that, you can’t be too mellow as well. Try to find the right balance that is neither too strict nor too soft. Don’t put a blind eye to your childs tantrum instead, direct them to do something else if they are throwing their tantrum over something. The best way is to identify the cause of their such behaviour. Is it due to hunger or sleep, or are they tired?
Don’t Treat them Like an Adult
Many parents expect way too much out of their children. Try to understand that they are still at a delicate learning stage, and, they are still kids. Don’t expect to understand everything you tell them immediately. Have patience and let them learn their own pace. The important thing is that you encourage them to learn and keep on trying. You may want to find out what interests and motivates them. Be creative when you give them tasks, and ensure that it’s fun for both of you rather than a chore which you have to go through.
Don’t be a “No” Person Always
It might be challenging, but there are ways to go about it. Try not to say, “No” very often. A kid’s heart is quite sensitive, and they may feel unloved, or undesirable if you say no to them often. Moreover, it might also lead to a rebelling attitude in them. Try talking to them at their level, and nicely explain the situation if you have to say no to something.
Be a Role Model to Them
They will be spending most of their time with you. And how you behave, what you do, how you do things, etc., all of these impact on their development. Be a role model to them so they can look up to you.
Creating Strong Bond
Raising a kid can be challenging, but it’s a learning phase for both, i.e., a parent and child. It is important that you do fun activity together. Doing things together will help you create trust and a strong bond with your child. You should be a parent as well as a friend to them whom they can rely upon without hesitation.