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Learning and Playing- Activities which go in Tandem

In my last post about on early learning toys for kids, I spoke about how kids and toys have a cosmic connection. Kids learn it best when they are playing . That is because it doesn’t seem to be like an added task of doing things. Playing is something which comes naturally to kids and if learning comes along with it , we can have happy babies.

 “As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery… Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way”- Excerpts from C. P. Cavafy’s poem – Ithaka

The poem written with Odysseus in mind is so true of life where we set out to reach a status in life, but what becomes more important are the things we have gained in our quest to get there. Similarly, when children set out to learn a certain “something”, the journey to learn that is critical. By writing the above quote all I want to say if in a crisp language is that – Its is not the destination but the journey which matters. So for example assembling blocks together is not that important . How the child assembled the blocks and how much fun  he had doing – that is important.

How a little child goes about learning to add 2 numbers, for instance. Yes, of course 2+3=5, but how did the child get there.

  1. Did we give them the answer helpfully and smilingly?
  2. Did they just hear the answer once, and immediately register it to memory?
  3. Did they see it in a book and write it down 5 times, so it became a fact?
  4. Did they learn to count first, practice it for a couple of months counting anything and everything they came across. Did they then count 2 and 3, put it together and arrive at the answers making many mistakes along the way and learning from them?

For young children, true happiness comes from doing an activity, not completing it and finding an answer. Their focus is always clearly on the process and not the outcome.Learning always occurs when children engage voluntarily in purposeful activities. So if we give them a series of the right tools, they are sure to journey through all areas of learning with great gusto and enjoyment arriving at answers at each stage on their own.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A JOURNEY IN LEARNING?

Just like each of us have a different journeys running simultaneously all teaching us something different, so also at any point in time, the child is not on one particular journey alone. The child maybe at a point where she/he is

  • Learning to read 3 letter words
  • Becoming familiar with the sequence of numbers
  • Starting to use 2 hands for some activities
  • Becoming aware of cause and effect

Every child is unique in the way they start and move through these journeys. Learning is never a single occurrence, learning even one single concept involves a series of steps. Every Skola journey takes children systematically through a series of experiences that are incrementally challenging enabling them to discover and learn something new at each stage. Every stage is facilitated by a toy playing with which will allow children to challenge themselves in an interesting way.

An example of a learning journey is:

learning toys by skola

Visit www.skola.toys to understand children’s learning journeys and view toys that facilitate incremental learning.

Enable our future generations to play, explore and discover through “Learning Journeys designed as Play

Visit my previous post on Toys & Cosmic Connection : HERE

 

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