Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
– Fred Rogers
Mr. Rogers knew what he was talking about! Experts in the field agree that children learn best through play. Play is simple yet complex, and through the most basic interactions with materials and people, children learn a variety of important skills that are not always obvious.
Play may look unorganized and lacking in purpose to many adults, but in reality, children are mastering skills in all areas of learning. Each of the five areas of learning in First Circle’s curriculum, Connecting My World™, supports learning through play as follows:
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SOURCE: Learning and Developing through Play. Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.