I am a huge believer in the value of play as a learning medium. It is through play where children gain social and emotional skills, enhance language abilities, develop motor skills and increase cognitive abilities. Play is pleasureable and allows children to engage in repeptitive acts which fuels confidence and mastery. This is why, as much as I can in my room, utilize play as a means to teach the curriculum.
This week saw the introduction of "building permits" in the block centre. I explained to the Kiddoes, that in life, if you wanted to build a structure, you would need to secure a permit in order to do so. If not, there could be serious consequences. Thus, in our room, in order to construct, one would now need to obtain a "building permit".
Building permits in our room are secured daily by taking a slip and filling in one's name and the date. Kiddoes than bring the permit to either Miss. W. or myself and we give them a small sticker to show that a permit has been obtained. The children have reacted positively to our room emulating "real life" and quite enjoy the process of obtaining a building permit.
Through this simple idea, the Kiddoes are practicing their writing skills without even realizing it. The Kiddoes are writing and enjoying it because it serves a purpose in which they are interested.
Learning through play at its best!!