Learning Through Play

Lev Vygotsky said that ‘In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behaviour; in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself. As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form and is itself a major source of development.’

There has been much research and opinion lately that reiterates the importance and power of play in a child's education. This is a great reading if you'd like to know more - http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2014/04/powerful-play-continuity-and-inquiry-for-children-starting-school.html

It is especially beneficial to New Entrant children in transitioning from their early childhood education, into the more structured primary education. 

Therefore this year we will be teaching all other curriculum areas in the New Entrant classroom through the medium of play. It will be developed through a guided inquiry which will teach children how to learn through our learning model of Reciprocity, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness, and Resilience. The context for learning will be developed from the children's 'Wonderings'. Between the hours of 1.30-3 on a Friday the children will be able to discover their chosen inquiry via carefully scaffolded provocation stations that will be facilitated by Ann and Lou. The session will end with children coming together to reflect on what they have learned, and decide on their next line of inquiry.

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