How many times have we been told growing up to stop monkeying around and start studying seriously? But did you know science has proven that fun is a key factor in getting better grades?
Here are some ways playtime can help enhance your child’s learning.
1. Interest and attention
Oftentimes, our minds wander off when certain topics seem uninteresting. It is because of this that we’ve adopted an interest-based approach when it comes to teaching in our daycare centres in Sydney!
We let kids explore and grow through their own experiences to keep their interests piqued.
2. Laughter and lesson retention
Laughter really is the key to learning! Studies have shown that students learn more in a warm and light environment. Teachers and educators who crack jokes related to the lesson have been more effective at teaching, leading to higher grades of their students
3. Role play and language
Role playing is an important part of childhood! Role playing helps stimulate your child’s language skills by allowing them to explore different words they wouldn’t normally use in their everyday life. Next time you see your child role playing, encourage them by playing along.
4. Blocks and maths
Would you believe building blocks can help your child become better at maths? Kids have a better grasp and visual representation of maths (i.e. putting things together, taking them apart, and how individual objects contribute to a bigger number) when they play with blocks. The more a child plays with building blocks as a toddler, the higher the possibility of being better a maths in their adulthood.
5. Make believe and creativity
It comes to no surprise that playing make believe can boost a child’s creativity! But it isn’t just about being creative in terms of art. Make believe can help enhance a child’s problem solving and reasoning skills. Research also shows that playing make believe forces children to think about their decisions early on and can help suppress a child’s impulses, making them more responsible adults in the future!
6. Recess and social skills
Learning doesn’t end in the classroom! Recess and outdoor play is a big factor when it comes to your child’s social development. Because recess is generally unsupervised play, children get to flex their social muscles by making friends on their own and making their own sets of rules when it comes to play time.
Start adding fun back into your learning process and see how it affects your child’s grades in the future. Enrol your child at your closest Little Zak’s child care centre now!