Play is the way most humans, but especially young children, make sense of their world. Play-based learning is an important way to develop active learning. Active learning means using your brain in lots of ways.
When children play, they:
• Explore the world – natural and social
• Develop and practise social and language skills that may be more complex than in everyday activities
• Expand and challenge their physical skills
• Experiment with new ideas including symbolic competence required for formal learning
• Enhance their self-confidence
• Think and express themselves creatively
• Respond to experiences with or without language
• Develop their sense of self and identity
The first few years of a child’s life are the most important for growth and development. In recognition of how crucial these early years are to later learning, TCEE teachers and staff integrate the best of early childhood theories and ideas, based on the work of Piaget and Vygotsky, current research into best practices in early childhood education, and NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice guidelines. We use active learning to promote cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Our children are also provided with a rich Judaic environment, in which they can experience and learn about Jewish rituals, customs, celebrations
Curriculum materials are designed to facilitate children’s construction of knowledge by encouraging them to explore, experiment, problem-solve, and share ideas with one another.
What does play look like?
• Children may play on their own in solitary play; alongside someone else but independently in parallel play or with other children in cooperative play
• Play may be structured, where someone else makes the rules and decisions
• Play may be unstructured, where the child is self-directed or takes all the initiative.
What can children learn in play?
• positive attitudes of self-motivation and self-direction
• cooperation and group values
• curiosity, persistence and concentration
• language and numeracy.
Learn more about the TCEE play-based curriculum here.