The most important skills one needs for success in life are developed through play. Language and social skills, concentration, memory and adaptability in the face of change also contribute to a child’s executive functioning. Research has shown positive executive functioning skills are the foundation upon which academic concepts can be successfully learned. Readiness for school, therefore, means much more than IQ or knowing letters and numbers.
Within this site, you’ll witness many examples of what goes on in effective play-based learning environments. Here, play is not a frivolous endeavour that takes away from the instruction of academics, rather it is the work of children as they learn. The researchers and professional mentors from Galileo Educational Network put great thought and intention into guiding the experiences of children; extending learning and helping them make meaning of their world.