So what’s the buzz about? Play-base learning is taking its rightful place in Junior Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs). The introduction of ILEs was set to reflect the 21st-century learner and the world they would take their place in, eliminating the rigid rows, structures, and timetables.
The Early Childhood sector and Te Whariki have long understood the links and importance of play and learning. Young children have been able to explore, practise, be curious and learn in a supportive and stimulating environment.There is an active acknowledgment that all children learn at different paces and that activities and learning need to be developmentally appropriate.
Of course, there is a science behind this thinking. The developmental steps that children take are important for all of their learning and just as relevant to their reading, writing, and maths. Creating a junior environment that continues to support the developmental learning for young children will also support the teaching and learning of reading, writing, and maths and most importantly, foster independence and the motivation to learn.
If you would like to find out more about Play-base Learning and how it could be implemented in your school - contact us so we can arrange to have a chat.