This past weekend, three of us from the Centre for Family Literacy made the long trek from Edmonton to Medicine Hat to go see the Lisa Murphy, also known as the Ooey Gooey Lady. The Medicine Hat and District Child Care Association invited Lisa to present to an enthusiastic audience in celebration of National Child Day.
It was a jam-packed, daylong session with lots of useful tips, funny anecdotes, encouragement and affirmation, all backed by sound research that supports the importance of a play-based, hands-on and child-centered learning environments.
Some of the points that really resonated with me were:
1. For young children the focus of play should be on the process, not on the product. We need to value and respect what children do, and resist turning it into a parent pleasing craft (such as turning coffee filter art into flowers!).
2. It is important to develop understanding versus rote learning (memorizing through repetition).
3. Every day children need to:
Overall, a really great day! I’m sure that every one of the participants walked away with several new ideas that they are excited to try, as well as a deeper understanding of the hows and whys of creating engaging play based, hands-on, child-centered experiences for the little people in their lives.
For more information on the Ooey Gooey Lady check it out here: