A child engaged in open-ended play is simply going with the flow. He is exploring open-ended materials — objects that have multiple uses and infinite possibilities, like paint, clay, sand, mud, water, blocks, and Legos. There are no expectations, no specific problems to solve, no rules to follow, and no pressure to produce a finished product. It’s all about free play — the freedom to invent and discover!
What is the benefit of open-ended play?
By simply fiddling around with a wide range of materials, he practices a wealth of brain-boosting skills that will serve him in school and throughout his life. Just think of what it takes for him to make sense of the unstructured nature of the materials — imagination, creativity, vision, and patience. He learns to deal with infinite possibilities before taking a big leap of faith. He makes something no one has ever seen before, which requires trial and error and problem-solving. Meanwhile he is offered the chance to create order and express meaning.
There are many reasons why maths is a core part of the curriculum worldwide. It provides us with skills and knowledge that can be used in our daily lives. From the moment we wake up, we are constantly estimating, problem-solving and making quick judgements about quantities and amounts. For example, you may need to check…
Unfortunately, the amount of time that children spend engaged in unstructured, child-directed outdoor play has diminished significantly in the past generation. Schools have opted out of recess and play time in favor of a more structured academic period. As many years of research has shown, that it causing more harm than good. Here are some of the amazing benefits that come with outdoor free play!
Teaching a child to read can be an overwhelming task, because so much of education depends on reading. However, the better a child can read, the easier his schooling will be. Children will pick up reading quite naturally if raised in a language-rich environment where books are treasured and read aloud. Many people who grow up in such an environment cannot recall exactly how they learned to read, but they learned quickly!
So relax and take a look at Charlotte Mason’s gentle and natural approach to teaching your child to read.
Make a game of putting together the words in word families.
2. Use actual words and let the child say and make each one with its initial consonant added.
#3. Continue the process with other short-vowel three-letter words.
#4. Do not hurry your child.
#5. After he has mastered short-vowel three-letter words, teach the silent-e that makes a long vowel in the word in the same way.
#6. Continue the process with consonant combinations, like “ng” and “th.”
#7. These word games are not reading, but they will lay the foundation for future reading lessons.
#8. Encourage your child to pronounce correctly any word that he learns.
#9. Encourage him to shut his eyes and spell the word he has made, thus preparing him for future spelling lessons.