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Milaa Event Seeks to Improve a Child’s Academic Learning Through Outdoor Play
Date:5/30/2013

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

On a breezy Saturday morning, the clouds scattered in the clear sky from the sun’s radiant light, while at a distance the birds chirped away high up in the trees. Listening carefully, children’s laughter comes from a nearby playground where one can find a small, energetic group of children and their parents following several facilitators to complete several myriads of “obstacles.” Children found tremendous fun from rolling on the grass with their parents, crawling to find ways in a maze constructed with colorful silk and bamboo sticks, to climbing to the top of a 2 feet wide, 6 feet tall tree trunk. Yet, children are calm and orderly, without facilitators screaming at the top of their lungs.

This is not your typical playground. Rather it is an obstacle course fully designed by Milaa. “Milaa’s obstacle course is designed based on the developmental stages essential for reading, writing, and arithmetic,” says Katherine Fulford, Chair of Early Childhood Education at Waldorf School, Milaa’s Chief Program Designer.

On the surface, the “obstacles” are fun for the children, and are great alternatives to free-play in a public playground. Underneath, they are carefully designed to prepare children for academic learning in the future. “Climbing a rope and walking on the balance beam allow a child to understand the concept of speed and distance, which is important for mathematics,” says Paul Jan, founder of Milaa and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Along with walking in a pathway that looks like a figure 8 whil
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