We all know how difficult it can be to get children to pay attention. Managing the impatience of a two-year-old or the rebellion of a five-year-old is no easy task. But when we engage kids through play, we’re able to reach them on their level.
At Lingokids, we believe in the power of learning through play. That’s what the ludic method is all about.
“There are two ways of learning: instruction and play,” explains Jens Peter de Pedro, a founding member of Toca Boca and former Experience Director at Lingokids. “Instruction is the current paradigm of our education system. Play, however, is the natural way for humans to learn.”
It’s important that children are able to tap into this natural way of learning through play. When children play Lingokids, they’re able to navigate themselves through an interactive world of games, songs, and videos. Each game applies the ludic method to create a fun experience that keeps the children engaged and entertained. This, in turn, increases their motivation to keep playing within the app—and ensures that they’re learning in the process!
But why does this happen? Quite simply, children love learning through play because the fun element releases dopamine, a chemical involved in the brain’s pleasure and reward system.
The release of dopamine in the brain is what motivates someone to repeat an activity. When we are rewarded for doing something, the little boost of dopamine is what makes us want to keep going. Similarly, when kids are interested in a subject, find it fun, and are rewarded, their brain tells them, “This is good! Keep going!”
Further, dopamine not only motivates us to learn, but it helps us retain information. So a fun approach to teaching English is not just about kids having a good time with games. Our ludic approach makes sure new information sticks around for the long run.
One of our most popular features, the Sticker Album, is ludic learning in action. Your child is awarded stickers as they complete activities and progress through the curriculum. Every time your child gets a sticker, it appears as a gift, as if to say, “Congratulations on a job well done!” This, in turn, motivates your child to keep learning. Later, kids can visit the Sticker Album to see all their well-deserved stickers. To reinforce learning even more, clicking on each sticker prompts them to practice pronouncing the vocabulary word with the audio.
As humans, we’re hardwired to have fun. We “come into the world with an instinct to play,” says Peter de Pedro. “Play is nature’s way of making sure we satisfy the need we have to learn. Play is to learning what hunger is to eating.”
A fun approach to learning is what our little ones crave, and they’ll have a feast with Lingokids!
Sources: standford news archive