Learning through play

5 November 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Learning through play|

THREE schools in the Glenorchy area joined forces to run a pop-up Launching into Learning event at Benjafield Park in Moonah to showcase their early learning programs for ages from birth to five-years-old.

To celebrate Children’s Week, Bowen Road Primary, Goodwood Primary and Moonah Primary schools came together on 21 October to hold a number of engaging activities including a story hunt, songs, parachute games, playdough, water trays and a reading area.

Bowen Road, Goodwood and Moonah Primary School Launching into Learning coordinators Tracey Williams, Elise Zucco and Lisa Taylor said Children’s Week, which ran from 19 to 27 October, was about celebrating children’s rights, talents and citizenship.

“We wanted to bring the community together through community engagement and connection,” they said.

“Launching into Learning is about running groups within schools to make it more accessible for families to get early learning and to connect them to their local primary schools.”

The three coordinators said it was important to outreach to families to build connections in the local community.

“Read with your child every day, play with your child every day, and talk every day – that’s our motto,” they said.

“We’re not in competition – as long as children are getting early learning and families are connecting with one another and to a school.”

Launching into Learning principal education officer Jodi Upton said the program was run in 151 primary schools around the state and was an opportunity for children and families to build partnerships with their school and make friendships with other families.

“It’s also about learning through play and how they can support their child to learn through play as well,” she said.

“We know that the early years are a critical time for development, but we also know that for families it can be quite an isolating time, so Launching into Learning really tries to support the connection of families, which contributes to the wellbeing of children.”

Ms Upton said it was amazing to see three schools within the community work together to achieve a common goal.

“This kind of cooperative activity is just fantastic because families live in a community and are not just attached to a school,” she said.

“When schools come together like this it’s really for the good of the community.”

Caption: From left, Phoebe Adams, aged two, Liv Adams, aged three, Aritrika Paul, aged four, and Ardan Doyle, aged one.

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