Playful Learning

Sunday, the day for which people desperately wait for an entire week.  In the morning time people love to have their Imagefavourite blistering cup of coffee while putting some gruelling efforts in weekly puzzle solving. For ages Sudoku and crosswords have been the most favourite activity for the people around the world. People in alone or with family enjoys the thrills of these playful puzzles astonishingly. It is an inane human nature that he loves challenges. Practical challenges when conjured, gives the bliss to the mind that nothing else can commit by far. Hence to say challenges are requisite for people won’t be wrong at all.

The Learning methods that have been incorporated in the education model are ever changing. Various models have been designed to stimulate and further enhance the capabilities children. While the curriculums are including as much knowledge in the form of text books, as they can , they are  still missing the very key element , “FUN”. It is known that the learning experience for the children is best, when they are engaged and engrossed in it. That is when they are up for the challenge for the “fun” of it, and that’s where the “play” part comes in.

The Notion of playful learning is completely non-existent in the curriculum of school teaching. People don’t relate play with learning but do persist some anti-thoughts instead. They seem to prevail uncanny expectations that so called “good” teaching must include formalised learning steps and conventional classroom teaching methods. While everybody seems to agree , this is the most amiss petting of belief that it encourages knowledge distribution in an effective manner. Conventional methods are easy to use but they lack creativity. Research proves that it’s much easier to grasp things when practically implemented rather then reading text in book and imagining about it.

Challenges are thriving forces in day today tedium schedules or working the same job and chores at home. We do enjoy those “little” things that tests us or help us gain some insight while learning about raw subjects at the same time. Similarly, if the learning activities are extended from conventional textbook education to innovation enriched classroom, then it would be much more rewarding in terms of fostering creativity and vision, integrated with fruitful learning experience. 

Written by- Ms. Pooja Singh (Intern- B N Satnalika Foundation, Student- Ajay Garg Institute, Ghaziabad)

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