Sunday, May 15, 2011

learning through play outdoors

When you're three you dearly want to climb, but sometimes your little legs won't get you up that first step and you need a little boost. 






This is competence and resilience in action.  The boys faced a challenge and instead of asking for help they assessed the problem and acted by developing a plan and adapting it to the situation as it unfolded. 

There is so much happening here - teamwork; persistence; creative thinking; carrying out a plan; taking risks; feeling successful; being independent - and yet outdoor moments like these can be over looked and underestimated by adults in favour of skills like reading and writing.

Unlike writing your name, these skills aren't easy to measure or test.  They can't be taken home and shown to grandparents and hung on the fridge. 

And yet it is these skills rather than the ability to write your name that will stand children in good stead when they make the big transition to school - and indeed throughout their life.

It is up to us to make these moments as glamorous for parents as a name written on a piece of artwork.  It is up to us to give learning through play the 'wow' factor that it deserves.

10 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. It doesn't get better than problem solving independently and having fun at the same time. This is a winning combination that develops many skills.

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  2. I love this Jenny. We have just done training yesterday with our nursery staff on this topic and I am planning a post on the same subject too. My role is to help parents engage with their child's learning and development which is why I blog really. Thanks for your insight!

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  3. The best and most effective learning, the type of learning that carries you through life is the kind that can't be measured or shown on paper. Resilience, team work, persistence, understanding, empathy, passion, drive, these are the things that matter the most. Everything else flows from here…..but you knew that of course Jenny :)

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  4. I agree, Jenny. The comment, "It is up to us to make these moments as glamorous for parents as the name written on a piece of artwork. It is up to us to give learning though play the 'wow' factor that it deserves," really rang true for me. I'll have to remember that when communicating with parents.

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  5. Great post Jenny. Talk about learning for life!
    Donna :) :)

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  6. What a wonderful post! I can't agree more. I'm feeling very inspired to write on the same topic...I will probably quote from you.
    Thanks so much for all that you do for learnig through play!
    Gaie

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  8. I love this so much it gives me chills. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. YES!Yes!YES!Especially about showing the learning to parents.

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  10. Making learning evident!!!Very cool!

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