Play and Learn
Summer camps bring fun, knowledge, and creativity to the area. In Pinnacle Center we believe that science and math could be learned through play; For the recent years play has become an essential strategy for educators. The latest researches highlight that the most important periodof human development is from the birth up to 8 years. During these years children have the most important stages of their development, when they improve discover and improve their cognitive skills, emotional well-being, social competence and others.
How could children learn through play?
By comparing physical experience, by interacting with each other feelings and activities, they learn an enormous amount of knowledge! An important part also plays imagination.
There are 3 primary stages of child's development according to UNICEF. They are:
- Conception to age 2 (or the first 1000 days)
- 3 to 5 years
- 6 to 8 years
Conception to age 2
"With adequate stimulation, a child’s brain forms neural connections at
a pace of at least 1,000 per second. However, recent indications are that the speed could be up to 1 million
per second.These connections are triggered by rich, loving and protected environments, in the context of responsive and playful caregiving that foster bonding and secure attachment, contributing to positive socioemotional development." (UNICEF)
3 to 5 years
"Often referred to as the “preschool period”. Children’s language, social- emotional and cognitive skills are rapidly expanding. During this period, the stimulation and learning that come from play, reading, singing and interacting with peers and caring adults at home and in quality early education settings are essential.
Play in the preschool years enables children to explore and make sense of the world around them, as well as to use and develop their imagination and creativity." (UNICEF)
6 to 8 years
"Often considered the early grades of primary school. Play-based learning continues to be critical, yet it is often neglected in favour of academic-focused education approaches.Yet, in this period, active, play-based learning approaches can transform the educational experiences of children in the early primary grades and strengthen learning motivation and outcomes." (UNICEF)