Development and learning through play
The problem is that most of the educators will only talk about school topics like math, engineering, technology and science. They do not really talk much about playing and do not see it as being something that is really important. There is no reason to deny the fact that school studies are really important. However, we need to always remind ourselves the fact that unstructured outdoor play bring in many educational benefits.
You can so easily find developmental psychologists that talk about this very subject. All will tell you that you need to foster children that would be able to thrive in a world that is constantly changing. It is the responsibility of adults to steer children towards their very own development and learning. There is strong evidence that is found in history, psychology and anthropology to prove that free play stands out as a main mean through which a child can learn how to solve problems, become social, emotionally resilient and control lives.
Make playing a priority
STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) normally discuss problem solving but they rarely talk about playing educational benefits. Children go through many new textbooks every single year and the backpack keeps getting heavier. This cannot be avoided but we can definitely make sure that playing becomes a priority for the school year.
Here are some simple tips that would help you out:
» Outdoor play time
Schedule unstructured outdoor play time just as you plan dancing classes or football practice. Just make sure that there is free play time that is reserved and that you only let a child play in natural playgrounds 100% made out of natural materials.
» Play time at school
Talk to people that have the power to make play time happen at school. Become an advocate for extended recess, discuss this with school officials and do all that you can to highlight the importance of play.
» Set positive examples
Always set positive examples. The parent can so easily help make play time a priority. You do this by simply engaging in the play time and setting an example.
» Playing at home
The home is the place where you can help the child the most. Creating an environment that is playful at the home of the child is highly effective. As an example, before homework time, encourage the child to play freely or to simply run around in a backyard area. According to research, when the child plays before doing homework, learning is automatically helped.
We all have to understand that without play, children will suffer from problems in emotional and cognitive development. Play time should never be seen as being luxury. It should be seen as being a true necessity. When the child is happy and plays, he/she will be able to evolve and get ready for the shipping environment present.
Site last updated: 14. February 2019