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Learning Through Play with Skola Toys - Baby & Beyond

“As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way.”

– Excerpts from C. P. Cavafy’s poem – Ithaka

 

The poem written with Odysseus in mind is so true of life as well. It is not just about the destination, but also about the road taken to get there right?

I believe the same holds true for learning as well. Learning is not a destination, but a journey. When you set out to teach a child something, the focus shouldn’t be on getting the right answer, but on how the child arrives at the answer, the logic and rationale involved is critical.

 

“Learning is not a destination, but a journey. When you set out to teach a child something, the focus shouldn’t be on getting the right answer, but on how the child arrives at the answer”

 

As school children when we wrote our Maths exams, we were always told that we would be given “marks for every step”. I never really understood this. When I have got the answer right, I thought it was a waste to fill sheet after sheet with intermediate steps. Now as a parent myself, I realize that the teacher’s intent was not to test whether I knew the final answer, it was to test whether I understood the path, the logic of how to arrive at the answer. So that I am not only learning that 3+4=7, but I am also learning how to count and how to add.

 

What is a Learning Journey?

Let me delve into this example a little more. So if a child is questioned 3+4, how do they know that the answer is 7?

  1. Did we try to be helpful and give them the answer ourselves?
  2. Did they just hear the answer once, and immediately register it to memory?
  3. Did they see it in a book and write it down multiple times, so that it became a fact in their mind?
  4. Did they learn to count first, practice it for a couple of months counting anything and everything they came across? Did they then count 3 and 4, put it together and arrive at the answer making many mistakes along the way and learning from them?

 

One might argue that regardless of which route the child takes, the answer is correct in each case so how does it matter. It matters because each route creates a different type of learner. In my opinion, the last group of learners would have the most meaningful and enriching journey, gaining something at each step of the way. Also arriving at the answer on their own would give them a sense of accomplishment, confidence and satisfaction. Now wouldn’t you agree that giving a child this confidence has far more value than just giving them the right answer?

 

“Arriving at the answer on their own would give them a sense of accomplishment, confidence and satisfaction. Now wouldn’t you agree that giving a child this confidence has far more value than just giving them the right answer?”

 

Learning Journey Through Play

For young children, true happiness comes from doing an activity, not completing it and finding an answer. Their focus is always clearly on the process and not the outcome.

 

Learning always occurs when children engage voluntarily in purposeful activities. Our responsibility as parents is not to spoon-feed them the answers, but to equip them with the right tools they will embark on the journey through all areas of learning with great gusto and enjoyment arriving at answers at each stage on their own.

 

In fact at any point of time, the child is not on a single learning journey alone. The child maybe at a point where she/he is

  • Learning to read 3 letter words
  • Becoming familiar with the sequence of numbers
  • Starting to use 2 hands for some activities
  • Becoming aware of cause and effect

 

Every child is unique in the way they start and move through these journeys. Learning is never a single occurrence, learning even one single concept involves a series of steps. Every Skola journey takes children systematically through a series of experiences that are incrementally challenging enabling them to discover and learn something new at each stage. Every stage is facilitated by a toy playing with which will allow children to challenge themselves in an interesting way.

 

An example of a learning journey is:

 

Learning Journey with Skola Toys - Baby & Beyond

Learning Journey with Skola Toys

 

Visit Skola Toys to understand children’s learning journeys and view toys that facilitate incremental learning.

Enable our future generations to play, explore and discover through Learning Journeys designed as Play”.

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

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Comments
  1. creative life star said on September 23, 2017 4:29 pm:

    Amazing kids toys to learn while playing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Khushboo said on September 25, 2017 9:16 am:

    Great info on skola toys. My baby is 11 months and I have been forever looking out for such educational toys. Your post is going to help me heaps in making a decision on which toys to invest in. Thanks.

  3. Anisha Agrawal said on September 25, 2017 12:11 pm:

    Been reaDing a lot about these toys and i m definitely trying them out soon

  4. Deeksha Rana said on September 25, 2017 12:48 pm:

    This is a very helpful post indeed . Will check out this brand for sure 😇

  5. Haajra Fareen said on September 25, 2017 2:10 pm:

    These look very good. Going to check out the brand.

  6. Zainab said on September 25, 2017 2:29 pm:

    These range of toys look superb and seem to check all the boxes! Must order for my kids!

  7. Akshaya said on September 25, 2017 2:35 pm:

    Skola is a truly thoughtful children’s brand, and your points about playing were well made! I love their products.

  8. Elina Wadia said on September 25, 2017 8:18 pm:

    That’s such an informative post. We are not there yet, but I’m saving this article for future reference

  9. anupriya said on September 25, 2017 11:52 pm:

    The terminology about the stages of learning about numbers is something I have come across for the first time. Thank you for sharing this very informative post.

  10. Charu Gujjal said on September 26, 2017 12:48 am:

    Totally agree with you. Learning is a process and not the final product. Am glad to know that Skola Toys are designed keeping this logic in mind.

  11. Mala | Momchakra.com said on September 26, 2017 10:19 am:

    Thanks a lot for this post. I was tired of Hamleys and its useless toys. Skola toys sound much more educational. Will check them out.

  12. Aesha Shah said on September 26, 2017 12:41 pm:

    Excellent post Mahak. Process is indeed important then the end result. There is so much learning in the process, be it any subject or for that matter life. Skola toys is a very useful resource for learning the right way.

  13. Neha @growingwithnemit said on September 26, 2017 10:13 pm:

    I have my eyes on Skola toys for long now and waiting to get our first set of toys by mid oct…thanks for sharing this post.

  14. Gayathri said on September 27, 2017 11:44 am:

    I love the skola range as well! Very thoughtful .. They have been .. While designing their toys! Made in India is a bonus for me 🙂 you gave a very detailed explanation.. About their concept .. Their brand .. Love it .. 🙂

  15. Dhanya prajesh said on September 27, 2017 3:42 pm:

    Its such an informative write up.. never knew so much about child learning…these toys looks so promising..thank u for sharing dear

  16. Nayantara Hegde said on September 27, 2017 8:21 pm:

    I am super impressed with Skola. They seem to have put a lot of thought and research into the toys. I am going to look them up.

  17. Deepa said on September 27, 2017 11:18 pm:

    Skola toys look great. I have heard a lot about them. Will recommend them to my friends with small kids

  18. umaima said on September 28, 2017 12:31 pm:

    Hi..thanks for sharing your review. I have heard a lot about Skola Toys..your post only inspires me to order them for my boy right away.

  19. Shubhreet Kaur said on September 28, 2017 3:19 pm:

    Some really good tips and those 4 questions you have listed really gave me something to think about. I’m gonna keep those in mind every time I engage Karma in play and learn activities from now on.

  20. NEHA JAIN said on September 28, 2017 6:05 pm:

    Hearing a lot about this toy brand. I would love to try this for my 3yo.

  21. Tina said on September 28, 2017 9:32 pm:

    I like this play and learn part