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Mar
29
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Play may be more important than many parents realize. Researchers and educators across the world have found that play can help enrich learning and develop key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, experimentation, and social skills. Ultimately, play is the key to learning!

Play Leads to Discovery

Have you ever watched your child explore and discover things about the world around them? During this time, they are developing a deeper understanding for the physics and mathematical principals of the earth. This type of play is also known as constructive cognition. It’s when they find out how something works on their own. Children are active participants in their own learning, it’s something they do naturally as they interact with surroundings.

Play Involves Math & Science

As children continue to observe, sort, measure, inspect and handle objects — they are developing basic science and math skills. In a recent study, LEGO performance during the preschool years positively predicted performance on standardized tests in 7th grade as well as a number of higher level math classes taken and grades in those classes in middle and high school.

Play Teaches Social Skills

We’ve all seen children gather together to participate in a game or make up a pretend scenario. This situation is the best opportunity for children to learn social skills and practice self-regulation. Working together towards a common goal with other children is how they learn skills such as sharing, problem solving, conflict resolution and mutual respect.

When you are struggling to get an idea or lesson through to your child, try being playful. It’s a great way to gain cooperation and make things fun. Keep in mind that we often need to take a step back and let them do as much as they can on their own as well. This helps ensure they are experiencing first-hand the joys of discovery and lifelong learning.

Click to learn about how we incorporate play in the classroom to foster positive learning environments!


 


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Mar
22
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We've all been there. Trying to encourage your child to study can have it's challenges.  


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14
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Mar
07
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If you are working at home with your kids in improving learning math and reading skills, why not also help teach them critical-thinking skills? Here are 5 great tips for teaching kids to be critical thinkers, adapted from Mentoring Minds’ Critical Thinking Strategies Guide.

Ask questions

Put a new spin on bell ringers by asking a Question of the Day. Use a questioning stem (e.g., create a riddle that uses the mathematics term “multiply” in one of the clues or write a letter to a classmate recommending this book) and put it on the board. Students can write answers in their critical-thinking journals. Then have a class discussion at the end of the day.

Make a response box

Write a random critical-thinking question on the board, (e.g., Is there a better way to work out this problem? Explain your thinking.). Give students a specified amount of time to provide a written response and put it in the response box. Pull out entries one by one and read them aloud to the class. Alternatively, you can give a prize—like a homework pass or free time—to the student with the first appropriate response whose name is drawn from the box or to everyone who submitted appropriate answers.

Role-play

Come up with an imaginary scenario and have kids work through the steps to solve a problem as a class. First, identify the problem and write it as a question (e.g., Why didn’t the science experiment work as planned?). Then brainstorm ideas to solve it and choose the best one to write as a solution statement. Finally, create an action plan to carry out the solution.

Turn around thinking 

A great way to focus on the positive in not-so-positive situations is the Turn Around thinking strategy. If a student forgets to bring his homework to school, you can ask, “What good can come of this?” The student can answer with ideas like, “I will change my routine before I go to bed.”

Ask “why?” five times

When you encounter a problem in class, you can help the class come up with a solution by using the Why? Five Times strategy. Ask the first why question (e.g., Why didn’t the class do well on the spelling test?), and after a response is given, ask why four more times (e.g., Why didn’t students study for the test?, Why didn’t students have time to study for the test?, etc.). The idea is that after the fifth question is asked, the problem will be solved.

At Redd School, our goal is to take your child from where they are academically, emotionally and socially to as far as they can go. Learn more about our academic philosophy. 
  


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