Learning through play:
Children tend to learn faster if they are taught informally through play, rather than through a formal routine. While in a play children can investigate, imagine and even recreate. They come to terms with the world in a much better way if new concepts are taught to them through play. They have a better understanding of the concepts that are taught through playful acts. However, what activities the children participate in and what concepts they are intended to learn from these activities depend greatly on the adults around them. Adults play a huge role in what the children learn.
This does not mean that the adults design the child’s play or dictate what kind of playful activities the child will get into. But surely they can influence and enhance the child’s play by providing adequate and relevant material that are needed for the child to play and learn at the same time. Parents and caregivers have a huge role to play in deciding the growth of the child. But one must remember, the moment they start dictating what the child will play and how they will play it, the game ceases to be an act of teaching.
Teaching mathematics through play:
For many parents, mathematics and play are two very different things that cannot be clubbed together. No wonder many children consider mathematics to be a torture while they turn to games and play to find an escape from this torture. However, we must remember that young children in their preschool stage can be taught crucial mathematical concepts through play. Children from a very young age assign shapes to different concepts. This in itself is a way of sowing the seeds of mathematical knowledge in the child’s mind.
Apart from these through daily activities too children can be taught numeric skills. Added to this, there are courses for maths enrichment for K1 that can add to your child’s mathematical skills. In these courses children are taught innovative methods through which they can easily do big calculations.
Through everyday activities and maths enrichment for K1, children can be taught the following concepts:
- Having the knowledge basic measurements, calculations, and shapes and patterns
- Understanding the numeric language and being able to understand patterns and sequence
- Understand chronological orders and logic
Thus through every day activities like teaching your child teaching your child to read the clock or count the steps while walking, you can increase your child’s mathematical skills.