Real-Life Experiences Make Learning Fun

November 31, 2022

At Matrix Early Years, learning is experiential and sensory-based. Our approach to learning through real-life experiences helps make learning fun and creates a basis that children “learn by doing”. Role-playing is a fun and instinctive way children learn. They are able to perform naturally with minimum instructions from an adult and basic prior knowledge.

The principle underlying role-play is that children learn by watching an adult doing something before imitating them. Role-playing is a significant part of our Matrix Early Years curriculum, and we aspire to derive the maximum benefit when utilising this method of learning.

Our unique way of viewing role-play inspires us to create environments for children to play at being adults or children, with almost any of the different professions and situations. For example, for our mathematics week, the children were introduced to the topic of ‘Money’. The best way for children to learn about money is through role-play whereby they are introduced to what money is, different kinds of money, how money is earned and how to pay for something that they buy.

The teachers created a model restaurant called the ‘The Little Cutie Pie’, with edible food in place. We invited our parents to be the customers who paid for their meals, with children pretending to be workers in the restaurant.

This integrated approach supports accelerated literacy and language development as well as social and emotional growth. An important point to note is that adults, as role-models, have to be on their best behaviour as children also learn by imitating us rather than just listening to us.

Ms. Adrinna Pierre, Head Of Matrix International Early Years has held various positions in the Early Years education industry for many years, including working with special needs children in both local and international learning environments. Her corporate experience in banking has helped her manage the school efficiently while taking into account the personal needs of all students.