Fuelling Young Minds: Unleashing the Power of Early Math and Literacy Learning

Posted by Hadleigh Witty on 25/08/23 5:06 PM

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X

In a fast-paced world bursting with technology and innovation, a troubling trend is emerging: a decline in children's math and reading skills. These two bedrock abilities are like secret keys to unlocking a child's potential. That's why it's crucial to introduce little ones to math and literacy from an early age. Play n Learn gets this importance and is making learning a fun and exciting adventure with their alphabet awareness resources and math-infused games.

Troubling Trends: Math and Literacy Skills on the Decline

 Global tests like PISA and NAEP are telling us something concerning – children's math and reading skills are slipping. This isn't just a matter of grades; it's about giving children the tools they need to succeed. Strong math and literacy skills aren't just for school; they're for life. From solving everyday problems to chasing dreams, these skills pave the way.

Why Start Early? The Power of a Head Start

Ever notice how little sponges soak up everything around them? Children’s brains are like that – soaking up knowledge faster than you can blink. That's why getting them into math and literacy early is a game-changer. The basics like numbers, shapes, colours, and words? They're the stepping stones to big ideas later on.

Play ‘n Learn: Where Learning Gets a Playful Twist

Play n Learn is shaking things up in the education scene. Instead of dull lessons, they're all about learning through play. Their alphabet fun and math-packed games make sure children learn while having a blast.

Why Fun Matters: Turning Learning into a Love Affair

Ever seen a child light up when they solve a puzzle or say a new word? That's the magic of learning with a dash of fun. When math and literacy become exciting adventures, children want to dive in. Those games that involve numbers or matching shapes? They're not just playing – they're building blocks for the future.


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Topics: Early Childhood Education Centre, Child Development, Neurodiversity

Embarking on a Cultural Journey: Play and Prepare for Māori Language Week!

Posted by Hadleigh Witty on 23/08/23 11:24 AM

Kia ora, In our vibrant land of Aotearoa, diversity is our strength and culture is our heartbeat. As our nation becomes a global melting pot, it's essential that we instil a deep appreciation for our own Māori heritage and the rich cultures of the world in the minds and hearts of our tamariki (children).

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Topics: Child Development, Neurodiversity

Autism in children: engaging, settling, and transitions

Posted by Hadleigh Witty on 3/04/23 9:12 PM

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Topics: Child Development, Neurodiversity

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Posted by Sandra Duncan on 11/10/22 10:58 AM

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The Environment as an Activator for Learning - by Nea Elyoussoufi

Posted by Laura Porter on 17/06/22 12:11 PM

The Environment

As an Activator for Learning

The Environment as the Third Educator

The physical learning environment is an important part of pre-school and children’s learning. It is known as the third educator. The concept of “the environment as the third educator“ originates from the Reggio Emilia philosophy and is about the importance of the environment, what is offered and how the material is presented.

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Topics: Teaching Philosophies, Early Childhood Education Centre, Child Development