At any Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area, our motto is “learning through play.” Many parents become intrigued by the thought of their child being able to learn while playing. The main foundation of learning through play is that the child is engaged and interested in what they are doing. This allows them to learn naturally or “organically.”
A lot of parents ask us what they can do to help their child “learn through play” at home. Here are some great tips for organic learning.
Have your child help with cooking. They learn that exact measurements can be important. They get “chemistry lessons” when mixing things and seeing how they react. The stirring can help them refine their motor skills. They can learn to read by reading the recipe and are learning fractions of cups, teaspoons and tablespoons.
Take a Hike
Taking a simple hike or walk gives your child plenty of opportunities to observe both nature and physics in action. Simply getting your child to ask questions is a great way for them to learn. A child will always pay more attention when someone is answering a question for them than they will when someone is trying to teach them something.
Eating is a great way for your child to count and to learn fractions. Cut food into pieces and have them count the pieces on their plate. Teach them about fractions when you cut a miniature pizza into four pieces.
Going to the Store
Many parents don’t want to take their children to the store in fear of them “acting up,” but the store is a great place for them to learn as long as you can keep them engaged. Have them look for numbers on price tags. They can also hunt for the letters in their name on signs. Making a game out of it works even better.
Contact Cuddles Childcare Centres for more information.