Posted on 11/17/2014 at 08:07 AM by Liz Determan
In the book, the Truth about Education, Diane Marie wrote, “One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn.”
Play is fundamental mode of learning for young children. Play serves very different functions than it does for adults. For children it is a way to learn about self and the world through self-created experiences. That is why child-initiated play is SO IMPORTANT and why it should NEVER BE REPLACED by adult-organized sports and academic activities disguised as “games.”
When we appreciate the importance of play in a child’s learning, we will give children the time and opportunity to engage in the self-initiated play that is the surest way for them to fully realize all of their intellectual, emotional and social potential.
“Nothing lights up a child’s brain like play.” Unfortunately play is seriously endangered in today’s schools. Even though, studies show that play-based early education produces better results in reading and math, social and emotional adjustment, creativity, intelligence, oral expression and “industry”, policymakers and school administrators continue to push early academics. Short-term gains are made in scores but long-term research indicates that these gains fade away.
The message is clear: PLAY WORKS. And don’t let anyone tell you differently.
*quotes in the BLOG are from The Wisdom of Play: How children Learn to Make Sense of the World, a publication from Community Playthings.
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