For the 106th episode of Friday@5 on 5th May 2023, we discussed Section 4.4. of the NCF 2022 for Foundational Stage. The discussion started with briefly elaborating on what one means by ‘Play’ and the disassociation one creates when thinking about Play and Learning.
Learning through Play is an educational approach that involves using playful activities as a means of teaching and learning. It is based on the idea that children learn best when they are actively engaged in activities that are fun and meaningful to them. Play-based learning can occur in various settings, including classrooms, homes, and playgrounds, and can involve a wide range of activities, such as games, puzzles, creative play, and physical activities.
The benefits of learning through play are numerous.
For one, it helps children develop a love of learning by making education enjoyable and engaging.
It also promotes social and emotional development as children learn to work together, share, and take turns.
Additionally, play-based learning helps develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as children must use their imaginations and creativity to solve challenges.
Educators can incorporate play-based learning into their classrooms by designing educational and fun activities. For example, they can use games and puzzles to teach math concepts or have students engage in dramatic play to learn about history or social studies. The episode used Field Trips as an example of meaningful engagement and learning- how it can serve as an excellent way to execute Play and Learning and also cover base in terms of tapping into various disciplines.
When we talk about students and their learning, it is vital to acknowledge the role of parents. They play an essential part in their child’s learning through play. Aside from providing a safe and stimulating environment and encouraging creativity, parents can join the play to make the process more joyful and contextual.
Overall, learning through play is a practical educational approach that can benefit children in various ways. By incorporating play into learning, children can develop a lifelong love of education and acquire the skills they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.