Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Playing in preschool

Here is a great article about why "playing" is so important in preschool  - and really all through the elementary years: The Cruel and Pointless Push to Get Preschoolers "College and Career Ready".   As the author says,

It may look like they are "just playing," but it is the critical work of childhood. Numbers, letters, and seat-work come later, but without these foundations for how to ask questions, how to integrate ideas, how to be part of a community, and how to regulate emotions in a social context, learning will only be superficial.”

Play consolidates growth in social, cognitive and emotional realms and develops language, wonder and understanding of the world. It is an essential ingredient for future success and happiness.

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