Maria Montessori believed that children learn best when they are allowed to use their natural curiosity. We often underestimate their creativity, imagination and intelligence. But if we observe them closely, we will realize that they are more than capable. Their mind is like an absorbent sponge ready to learn and explore what they want to (and not what we want to teach them!).
Don’t get overwhelmed with the term “Early Learning”. You can call it “Play-based learning”, you can call it “explorative play” or “heuristic play”, or any other term that you are more comfortable with 🙂 But in fact, as Dr. Maria Montessori puts, “Play is the work of the child.” For them it is serious work. It is one of the most important element of their existence.
Every child wants an opportunity to explore, not to kill time but to involve himself productively in it. The child desires to learn at every single opportunity that the life throws at him. Learning is a natural instinct of a child. You can call this work, you can call this play. But a child naturally has an inquisitive, curious mind.