An Early Learning Rant
Updated: Aug 13, 2018
Playing IS learning!
Time and time again, I hear the misconception that learning and playing are two different things. Early Years Educators and the scientific community recognize play and the benefits of play-based learning in a variety of learning environments. As educators and parents, we need to understand that through play and student-led inquiries we can teach our kids almost anything! When kids are playing, their brains are optimized to learn something new. Play is not, and shouldn’t be, separate from learning. And just because kids are “playing” doesn’t mean teachers aren’t “teaching”! But that’s another rant for another day... If you would like to learn more about play-based learning and the research that supports it, I’ve added some links below:
Also, if you're curious about how Canada's education system measures up globally check out http://www.oecd.org/pisa/