When Should We Start Learn­ing & When Should We Stop?

Society Magazine - - Education -

From the very mo­ment new-born ba­bies open their eyes, their brains are work­ing hard to make sense of their new world. We are all born as in­quis­i­tive and cre­ative peo­ple and we learn about our world by ob­serv­ing, lis­ten­ing to oth­ers and ask­ing lots of ques­tions. As par­ents, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to these young re­cruits to the world and we have a duty to help them learn and un­der­stand. As teach­ers and sup­port staff in schools, we are hon­oured to work with chil­dren to in­spire them in their learn­ing jour­ney, shar­ing with them a whole wealth of knowl­edge and skills from pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions

By Dr Terry Creis­sen and sup­port­ing them emo­tion­ally and so­cially as they adapt to their world. Young chil­dren ab­sorb what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch. They de­velop the con­fi­dence to take risks and try things out for the first time, of­ten keen to give it a go and tak­ing a risk. If chil­dren at the start of their learn­ing can do this, how do we keep that cre­ativ­ity and in­quis­i­tive­ness alive? The key is to make sure we en­joy what we do and keep learn­ing fun. This is an im­por­tant mes­sage to re­tain through­out life but very clearly demon­strated in the way that we nur­ture chil­dren’s in­ter­est through their first days in our Early Year set­tings. What­ever age we are we can learn from our youngest stu­dents.

At schools like Com­pass In­ter­na­tional School Doha, teach­ers work through the Early Years Foun­da­tion Stage (EYFS) pro­gramme de­vel­oped in the UK and draw­ing on the best prac­tice from around the world. Through play-based learn­ing, chil­dren are ex­posed to care­fully planned learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties where there is an em­pha­sis on fun, chal­lenge and spon­tane­ity. The pro­gramme en­cour­ages chil­dren to build upon all their ex­pe­ri­ences in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of learn­ing, recog­nis­ing that all chil­dren are

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