The mind of a child is the most interesting and beautiful thing in the world. They think, act and react in their own ways! A curious child will always be attentive and will raise questions when needed, he/she will be receptive to things which make him/her curious. A smart and quick way to grab the attention of kids is to show them things that interest them. At Learning Curve, we believe a curious mind is an artist’s workshop and all children are but budding artists!
A sure shot way to get the curious mind of the child active is via role-play. When you tell a child a story, he/she listens. When you get them to role-play, they get involved, engrossed and are in a better position to learn. In this fun and playful teaching method, a child plays the part of a particular character within a story. This method of teaching is effective as it involves kids completely in the process and energizes them. Kids find it interesting to enact or impersonate the characters. They are willing to learn by following the teacher’s lead and replicating actions. And hence, role-playing plays an important role in feeding a kid’s mind with more curiosity, which in turn results in smarter learning.
Now, it’s all not just fun and games. Pretending to be a character is definitely a fun and an educative activity, but at the same time, it is an important part of a child’s development. Engaging in role-playing helps the kid to get into character and act out a role or a real life context. It is beneficial as it helps develop communication and language skills. In addition, role-playing certain situations helps children better understand these situations and make sense of real-life circumstances. Here, they get the opportunity to explore, investigate and experiment. Enacting scenarios helps provide them with a “first-hand” experience of the story or context. Further more, children are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings when role-playing.
At The Learning Curve, we strongly believe that role-playing is an effective learning tool as it encourages children to become active participants in the process of learning. It allows children to explore their creativity and put their imagination to play. In essence, role-play provides opportunities to develop skills in various different areas of the curriculum for example numbers, history, and culture. And hence, in all our centres, we actively promote role-playing as a teaching/learning tool.