Learning World: Learning Through Play
Learning Through Play: "Anji Play" (China)
Playing is an integral part of childhood. Many researchers believe that during a child’s early years, playing can help develop cognitive skills, laying a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.
In our first report we go to China where traditional teaching methods and rote learning have characterised school life for a long time. But one woman has developed a completely new approach that puts play at the heart of early childhood education.
“Traditionally, in Chinese education, teachers teach, and students listen. Now we’ve given the kids the right to play. They’ve free to move from indoors to outdoors,” said Cheng Xueqin, AnjiPlay founder and director of pre-school education for Anji County.
In AnjiPlay, chidren from 3 to 6 choose how they play and with whom. They can to do things other pre-schools wouldn’t allow, like painting real cars. The concept, named True Play, was found by Xueqin 15 years ago. Since then, it has been extended to the 130 public kindergartens of Anji county.
Learning Through Play: Goddard School (U.S)
In this episode of Learning World, we take you to the Goddard School in uptown Manhattan, New York - a place where every game has a higher educational purpose. The school promises that all their students will go to the best universities thanks to their programs of accelerated learning. Children are introduced to simplified chess at three, Shakespeare with glove puppets at four, and more, to stimulate their taste for learning. If all this sounds strange to you then you might be surprised by our story from a unique network of schools in the US. Watch for more !