Human beings have the special ability to learn new skills through play and interaction. As children we learn alphabets, numbers, social norms, and roles & responsibilities through playful interactions and engagement. So, before we read further read about how KPS- one of the top 10 schools in Ghaziabad is making use of, let’s first understand what playful learning is.
Playful learning- is experience driven learning
It is a specialized learning experience driven by students or even adults’ needs and it strongly focusses on learning through experimentation. At Khaitan Public School, we make use of various pedagogical practices such as project-based learning where children explore a real-world problem by setting their own goals with teachers acting as facilitators to encourage and guide them along the way.
How playful learning helps students?
Playful learning goes beyond the concept mere interaction, it helps students develop knowledge and use their sense of judgement and be engaged through investigation and iteration. Several studies have indicated this type of learning has resulted in better learning outcomes as compared to traditional teaching methodology.
Play encourages learning through trial and error. There is no pressure to adhere to guidelines or meet expectations. In safe and guided surroundings, playful learning provides an ideal opportunity to students to learn from each other through problem solving, language and numeracy skills, and develop critical thinking. They all are valuable skills for human beings.
Why playful learning is important in digital world?
We are living in a society, facing real-life issues and resolving them in real-time with skills that require consistent human interaction and a unique pattern of thinking. Such invaluable critical thinking skills can only be learned through interaction and engagement and certainly not digitally. Digital skills are different and should be learned differently. However, a planned, guided and simulated learning environment where students are taught through play helps differently. For example, if students are learning about weights or height, and there are scales, weights or height charts at different places in the classroom, the environment becomes experimental. They freely indulge in experiments, measure things, and ask questions from teachers while playing and experimenting. Such is the environment that can create a wonderful learning experience for them.
Now consider this. How can you teach creative writing to students? At KPS, which is one of the best schools in Ghaziabad, we don’t encourage them reading a book on how to write. We engage them. We conduct a role play. They ask for support when needed, but they first experiment. Such an interaction leads to creative thinking, helps them develop a pattern and if they falter, we handhold them.
Benefits of playful learning
Play-based learning has several long-term benefits. It empowers children to be inquisitive, creative, remain involved and act as lifelong learners. They learn to view things differently-with an aim to find solutions rather than getting overwhelmed at their sight. They ask questions and strive to find answers through interaction and experimentation. Such an engagement is desired to learn a new skill, retain it and master it too. Playful learning has immensely benefitted students and also resulted in better health outcomes and reduced stress levels. And at KPS, such skills are honed, creativity is at its best, and learning is play! Get your child enrolled today!