What’s in a name?
Why Teach Investigate Play? You might be wondering. The name links into our philosophy on learning – all three are connected, hence the interlinking circles in the Teach Investigate Play tree. The philosophy is a mix of Montessori and Reggio with a bit of Steiner too. Keep reading to find out more!
The ‘TEACH’ aspect of the name covers many elements. Partly, this is teaching my children new skills, whether it be counting or colour recognition. We don’t do any of our learning in a formal, school type setting, but through investigations and play.
As adults we are always learning too; I share ideas on my page to help other parents and teachers. There are plenty of ideas on my social media pages, blog and within The Creative Play Hub.
I am a strong believer in following the child. I pay close attention to what the children are interested in so that I can set up activities or play spaces according to their current fascinations. One week this might be horses, another time it might be flowers.
Children are naturally curious – they are explorers, free-thinkers. We set up provocations and invitations to play, allowing the children to explore. We use loose parts, open-ended resources and wooden toys over so called ‘educational toys.’
Play is the most important element. Play is what my children do all day – as Albert Einstein once said, ‘Play is the highest form of research.’ It is how children make sense of the world.
Play allows children time to become creative whilst (unknowingly) learning. Many skills are developed through play, including, but not limited to:
- Language development
- Social skills
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Problem solving
You can read more about our general philosophy and approach by reading The Creative Play Method.