April 17, 2011

Play Based Learning

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated. I find it so hard to help people who aren't in the early childhood field understand that play based learning is beneficial for children. Even when I explain all the things children are learning through our experience's, it seems all that people are interested in are if children are learning their colours, numbers and can write letters - and why aren't we doing worksheets?

A lot of what I do is document the learning that children experience during play. It's a lot of extra work, but I believe my children deserve the best, which I believe is learning through play. And as I need to prove to that learning is occurring I need to document the learning. 
Hopefully one day the whole world will understand the importance, the necessity of play in early childhood.


Wendy said...

Hi Erin

I'm also going through parent teachers and having the same conversations.

If it's any consolation being older makes no difference. My advice is to stick at it and do everything you can to make the learning visible for the parents.

Emphasise to your parents that learning without understanding is just rote and will not equip their child for school.

Erin said...

Thanks Wendy :)

I think as well as all the documentation I do, I might start writing pages to put in portfolios like 'The lastest educational research' and explain different parts of play based learning and how research shows it's the best way for children to learn.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I hear your frustration, Erin. I have always felt that it is our job as teachers to educate the parents AND the children!