In July, 2012, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) released a statement on play-based learning. In their research of current and up-to-date educational philosophies, they have found that “purposeful play-based early learning sets the stage for future learning, health and well-being” (CMEC, 2012).
Current educational research proves that students develop socially, emotionally and physically when they are playing. “Based on such evidence, ministers of education endorse a sustainable pedagogy for the future that does not separate play from learning but brings them together to promote creativity in future generations.” (CMEC, 2012)
With this in mind, our Early Childhood team continues to develop their programs based on the philosophy of play-based learning. Students’ interests guide daily learning activities. Teachers use the Alberta Kindergarten Program of Studies to plan developmentally appropriate activities that will help prepare students for their future journey.
These programs focus on fostering a fun and enriching learning environment, where studentslearn through play while developing their social, fine motor, gross motor and language skills.
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