Many parents and educators agree that children NEED play. This is backed up by much research evidence which indicate that children’s development (both short and long term) is very much affected by their exposure to play. There are two types of play which are equally important to your child: Structured and Non-Structured play. Let’s discuss the first type of play first.
What is Structured play?
Structured play is a systematic way of learning a particular skill. E.g. learning new words and concepts like alphabets
Let’s use the MASFE ABC Chart for example.
- For very young children, use the softies to increase their Show each softies to them and name them to your child. Talk about how the objects look like, how they feel and what you can do with them. E.g. an apple is red, we can eat apples. Yum Yum!
- For early readers:
- Show and read out the letter names to your child.
- Sing a phonics song and use the softie to accompany your song. E.g. A is for apple. Ah Ah Ah. This encourages early sound-letter recognition and also helps the child to associate letters to objects. (ABC and phonics songs are a great way to enhance learning!)
Using the ABC chart helps your child to learn so many things – from object names, adjectives and concepts like colours, as well as the academic skills of phonics and letter recognition. There are so many more ways to use the ABC chart beyond the early reader stage, more learning tips are available in the MASFE ABC Chart pack!
Why Structured Play?
Structured play enables a child to learn how to focus – a key skill in learning! Your child will be better in following instructions and has good organisation skills. He will be better in responding to your questions, thus fares better in communicating with you and other people.
Look out for our next post – Unstructured Play: WHAT’S THAT?