The Benefits of Wooden Toys and the Environment I remember as a kid that the majority of our toys were wooden. We had wooden blocks, wooden bi...
In the previous blog I touched on play spaces. In this article I am going to talk about the importance of the play space set up for all age groups. Plays spaces within the home should be inviting and not overwhelming. To achieve this, less is more! Your child does not need to have every toy imaginable with every colour
imaginable in their play space. This can lead to confusion and chaos both in the play space and in the child’s thinking process.
From the moment a child is born they become inquirers. They may not be able to see clearly for the first few weeks of their life, but they start to recognise the sounds and shapes around them. They begin to understand familiar sounds that help them to make sense of their world and what it means to them. For a child to increase their capacity to learn, we as their carers, teachers and friends must be aware of their social and emotional needs and skills. Talking to your baby and playing with your baby is the best thing for their development. From a very early age children learn to distinguish sounds and objects that make them feel safe e.g. the sound of music coming from a mobile hanging above their cot or the bright colours and textures of their various toys.
Children’s oral language and literacy development has long been considered a practice that fosters strong readers and writers later in life. Oral language is how we expresses feelings, ideas and knowledge. Therefore, developing oral language means that the skills of speaking and listening need to become embedded in order for children to make sense of the world around them. Developing these skills will enable the development of crucial comprehension and writing skills as children progress through their years of learning.