Kids, Language & Brains

10Aug/14Off

Play Is the Name of the Game

Working with kids and language quickly teaches how effective a play-based approach can be.  Games are integral to any curriculum developed for 2nd language teaching to kids; ours  proves its worth on a daily basis.  If some are skeptical about the value of play as a teaching tool, an article well worth reading is "Flights of Fancy"  which discusses how the effects of play in a child's brain last a lifetime.  Source:   "Brain in the News," monthly newsletter from The Dana Foundation, vol 21 #6, June 2014.   A highly recommended resource.

"Play is more about process than content.  At its best, play is self-directed and guided by fluid rules agreed to by all participants.  But whether it is raucous or quiet, physical or mental, social or solitary, the act of playing seems to open the brain to possibilities.  It is perhaps one of the best tools we have for developing our brains in ways that can help us learn how to survive in an unpredictable world."