Make Learning Fun
One of the best compliments for an Early Years Practitioner is to be told that when asked ‘What have you been doing at school today?’ a child in their care has replied ‘Playing’. We agree with Alistair Bryce Clegg who said “what a powerful learning tool play can be, because that is what we do every day and it is our ‘bread and butter’ when it comes to learning” Check him out on http://www.abcdoes.com/
If we want children to be engaged and motivated to learn then it is essential to make it fun!
This moves learning away from sitting at a table at a set time of the day and leads us back to an Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere approach with an added extra element of Anyhow. Learning can be and should be delivered through rhymes, songs, outdoor activities, dough time, cooking and baking sessions, treasure hunts, car journeys, mealtimes, games and many other routine activities. This approach enables children to be exposed to opportunities for learning little and often which is much more effective than long concentrated sessions, alongside developing other skills such as speaking and listening, taking turns and concentration.
Our Ready Steady School boxes contain task cards to give breadth to activities by signposting other ways of delivering learning.