4th May: The Importance of Playing

Student Learning Continuity Program
Student Learning Continuity Program
4th May: The Importance of Playing

This is the first session of the PPY/ECE Student Learning Continuity Program, an educational learning series for students, designed and made possible by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development of Solomon Islands.

Presenters: Emily, Clera and Sambe from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development

Every week (Monday) ECE/PPY will provide education information, updates, and lessons for our young children (over the radio).

PARENTS you are the FIRST TEACHER. YOU are the BEST TEACHER. YOU know your child well than us and we are looking forward to work closely with you in getting involved and guide our children at home with their learning.

In our first program with you – We will begin talking to you about the IMPORTANCE OF PLAY and would like to request all parents if possible to make time to play and to set up a play learning space for children at home.

Topics lined up for future programmes will cover:

  • Talking and Listening development
  • COVID – 19 Health Information to Young Children
  • Bedtime Maths
  • Lessons ECE/PPY will be will be presented to children by our teachers

NOTE: We will send PRINT Learning Package to you over the weeks For those of You who can access TV, we also will come there when it becomes available.


What is Play?

  • Play is learning and Learning is the Childs Work.
  • Play is the lifeblood of Childhood. Play is a child’s work the same as teaching, farming or fishing is an adult work. It is what is “assigned” by nature for this stage of life. Eg
  • Play is their medium of learning, their path to growth and development. (Share, ask, try, talk)
  • Play offers ways of trying new ideas, expressing emotions and taking different roles.
  • The more children play with different things and with friends, resources the more, their chances of succeeding in school – later will also be better. Let us think about what children learn while they play.

Learning in the early years, children are active:

  • Physical exploration- touching, tasting, hearing, seeing and moving (senses).
  • Children learn by doing.
  • Children learn best in a less pressured environment.
  • Remember: They have shorter attention span
  • They loved to be praised if we say “do not”

Play Fosters Children’s Overall Development

Social Development Emotional Development:
Through interacting with each other:

  • children learn to share, plan, negotiate, and learn to live with other people
  • Learn to corporate with others
  • Have fun – are totally involved
Help children to be more control of their feelings:

  • Think creatively
  • Teach themselves and are independent
  • Use their imagination
Intellectual Development: Physical Development:
  • Language skills – Pick up new words and ideas
  • Learn to figure out how things work
  • Use problem solving skills
  • Children develop small and large muscles, eye hand coordination
  • Many necessary skills for reading, writing, maths – Classification, sorting, visual discrimination and so forth.
  • Build muscle strength and control
  • Feel in control of the environment

For this Program, therefore we encourage all ECE/PPY Parents if you can provide space for play and learning in your homes.

Resources: Indoor Areas for Learning

There are many natural and manufactured resources you can set up for children to play with inside the house in a special learning area:

Natural – seeds, sticks, stones, shells, baskets, sago palm,

leaves, wood, woven matts, beads, etc.

Manufactured – lego, dolls, toys, pictures, storybooks, blocks, pencils, crayons, newspapers, songs (on electronic devices, instruments, etc.)

Safety warning: It is important to use age-appropriate materials. If your child is small, do not use small objects such as seeds, beads, stones and shells which can fit inside your child’s noses, ears, and mouths.

Setting Up Outdoor Areas for Learning:

Be creative with your environment and things you have around the house, making sure they are safe for young children.

Examples include:

  • sandpit – make a small box near the house, filled with sand. Make sure it is fenced off so that it stays clean and keeps dogs and other animals out. Cover when not in use.
  • Make a motu area with stones
  • Use old tyres and plants to make a playground area
  • Make a swing using rope and tyres.

Make sure that children can be supervised, that they are safe from dogs and other hazards and that the area is clean (no sharp metal, rubbish, etc.)

Remember, children learn through engaging with others too. So ask them questions and sing songs together.

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