The winter break is coming to an end. What did the children do in this short month? A group of children chose to stay at VPA and had a meaningful and rewarding week!
Children wearing the masks they made
In consideration of the needs of some parents, VPA has specially set up winter camp courses, including fitness, boxing, soccer, handicrafts, painting and other high-quality courses taught in English, so that children can learn and play at the same time.
Learning Through Play
Learning through play, appears to be a simple notion, but has profound meaning.
It helps children make sense of the world around them through discovery, allowing them to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.
The importance of play has been studied by various psychologists and scientists.
An important aspect of play is children’s agency and control over the experience. Agency refers to children’s initiative, decision-making and self-choice in play.
What can we learn from play?
When children choose to play, they are not thinking "Now I am going to learn something from this activity." Yet their play creates powerful learning opportunities across all areas of development.
Playing during the class
Development and learning are complex and holistic, and yet skills across all developmental domains can be encouraged through play, including motor, cognitive and social and emotional skills.
Communicating and negotiating
Through play, children learn to forge connections with others, and to share, negotiate and resolve conflicts, as well as learn self-advocacy skills, leadership and group skills.
More generally, play satisfies a basic human need to express imagination, curiosity and creativity.
Children at play learn how to:
Make a plan and follow through
Learn from trial and error, using imagination and problem-solving skills
Apply concepts of quantity, science and movement to real life
Reason in a logical, analytical manner by acting on objects
Communicate with classmates and negotiate
Develop creativity and explore aesthetics and artistry
Derive satisfaction from their own accomplishments
Whether it is winter camp or daily teaching, VPA is committed to make children love learning through a variety of interesting activities, so that learning is no longer boring. We hope that parents will not neglect children's learning and growth every day during the holiday, and guide children to think and explore in play.
The new semester is about to start, and we are looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of every child! For those who are unfortunately failed to attend the winter camp , see you at summer camp!