Children learn in many different ways during the earliest years of their education, and how your child responds to certain learning stimuli will be important to know for their continuing education. At Smart Kids Development Center, our child care specialists and educators are very conscious of the way different children learn in different ways.
One form of learning that’s often overlooked is learning found through play. Children may not think they’re gleaning valuable lessons from their various forms of play, but there are ways to structure their activities so they absolutely are – and they’re having fun while doing so. We’ve broken some details down into the ways kids learn during play with their peers and how they do so with their family.
Children learn much of what they know in certain areas from peers who they play with regularly. These basic interactions are a huge part of the learning process. Children can provide input to each other, furthering their development continuously. They’re forced to think about the thoughts and ideas of others around the same age, which will help them learn how to express themselves and defend their own ideas and opinions.
In addition, they’ll learn about exploring the world around them. They’ll learn about their environment, and which parts of it they can directly effect. And of course, they can also improve valuable social skills that often simply have to be picked up over time rather than specifically taught.
For young children, one of the most valuable forms of education and socialization is through play and spending time with family. They learn early how to deal with the challenges that come with basic human interaction, forcing them to learn how to resolve conflicts. They’ll be put in the occasional stressful situation (moderate this if possible), requiring them to manage this.
There are some potential downsides to family interaction if the environment in which the child is being raised is not a good one. Children may learn the wrong lessons and develop incorrectly. As a parent, remember there are children watching everything you do and taking their cues from you – you need to set the proper example and maintain a healthy environment for them.
To learn more about play and learning, or to find out about our preschool, after school and additional child care programs, speak to the educators at Smart Kids Development Center today.