To Really Learn, Our Children Need the Power of Play

05:00 | 09/09/2019

‘The lifelong success of children is based on their ability to be creative and to apply the lessons learned from playing.’ American Academy of Pediatrics

Instead of stress and standardized testing, schools should focus on well-being and joy. Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing.

Play is an integral part of a child's Early Years Foundation Stage and supports their learning journey too. WHY? HERE ARE THE 6

 

6 BENEFITS OF POWER OF PLAY:

  1. Physical: Active play helps kids with coordination, balance, motor skills, and spending their natural energy (which promotes better eating and sleeping habits)
  2. Emotional: During play, kids learn to cope with emotions like fear, frustration, anger, and aggression in a situation they control. They can also practice empathy and understanding.
  3. Social: Playing with others helps kids negotiate group dynamics, collaborate, compromise, deal with others’ feelings, and share.
  4. Cognitive: Children learn to think, read, remember, reason, and pay attention through play.
  5. Creative: by allowing imaginations to run wild during play, kids create new worlds, and form unique ideas and solutions to challenges.
  6. Communication: Play lets kids exchange thoughts, information, or messages by speech, signals, writing, or actions.

 

Heikki Happonen, one of the principal in Finland with school system ranked as #1 in the world for childhood education by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, explained “There are many reasons children must play in school. When they are moving, their brains work better. Then they concentrate more in class. It’s very important in social ways too.” He added, “School should be a child’s favorite place.”

 

Every Child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique! At Gymboree Play & Music, we don’t promise to make your child genius but we assure to provide safe & fun playground with global standardized early childhood curriculum to equip and foster your child’s foundation, to get him ready to learn new things, to go out to the society and to explore the world.

 

Source: The Wall Street Journal, thegeniusofplay.org

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