Learning Journeys Integrated into Playtime
Arriving at a destination is not as important as the journey taken. Hurrying to reach the destination should not be the aim. Rather learning at every step of the journey from the mistakes made is far more critical. In a similar way, when a child wants to achieve “something”, their journey needs to be given a lot of importance.
How does a little child go about learning to add 2 numbers ? Of course by 2+3=5, but how did the child get there?
- Did we give them the answer just to help him/her out?
- Did they hear the answer and memorise it?
- Did they read it in a book, wrote it 5 times and it became a fact?
- Did they first learn how to count? Then practised it by counting different things. Counted 2 and 3 and together reached to 5. And while they did that, they made many mistakes but learnt after each of them
We can see that a different group of learners emerged from each route taken. And the last group of learners would come out to be the most confident and the wisest. Why? Because their journey has been the most meaningful and enriching and helped them gain particular understanding at each step.
For little children, learning and happiness comes from doing an activity and not by completing it and finding the final outcome. They always focus on the process instead of the outcome.
When children engage voluntarily in purposeful activities, best learning occurs. If we give them a right types of tools, they will surely learn at each stage and reach the final solution in a better way. A child may simultaneously be on the following journeys at the same time :
- Learning to read three or four letters words
- Trying to use two hands for activities
- Becoming aware of the concept of cause and effect
- Trying to familiarise with the sequence of numbers
Each child is unique and so is his/her way to start and move through these journeys. Learning involves a series of steps and at this each step a child learns a different concept. Every learning journey offered Skola Toys systematically takes a child through a series of experiences that are cumulatively challenging and enables him/her to learn and discover something new at each stage. There are relevant toys at every stage which challenges them in an interesting way.
An example of a Skola learning journey is:
You may visit Skola Toys to understand children’s learning journeys and check out various toys that facilitate incremental learning.
These toys enable our children to play, explore and discover through “Learning Journeys designed as Play “
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