As we head back to school for another year it is easy to lose sight of what I believe is the most effective tool in the learning process for students.........FUN!
For me this video shows us what happens when you add a sense of fun to a menial and everyday task. The results speak for themselves. For me - that is the job of teachers and parents. Creating a environment where children learn academic or social skills without realising it because they are having fun along the way!
A key component of early education is hands on activities and manipulation of objects. This leads to the learning of social awareness, problem solving and social skills. It is important that we maintain this key element of learning and don't become focused on 'Chalk and Talk' learning where students are expected to sit, take note an regurgitate information for assessment purposes.
For effective learning to take place, students need to be deeply engaged in what they are doing. I can't think of a better way of making this happen than by maintaining a focus on learning through FUN within my classroom and at home with my own kids.