THE VALUE OF PLAY
There are a lot of studies on what children learn through play. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard parents get frustrated over what their children are learning from this little four letter word. Here are some examples of what children are getting from playtime.
1. Role-playing – This is one of the things children do practice their social skills. I love when the children are playing house and you can hear the sounding like you.
2. Mixed age grouping – Children in mixed age groups can be very nurturing. The little children in the group tend to find the older children role models.
3. Creative play – Children can learn to use their imagination using blocks and Lego’s.
4. Math and readiness skills – Setting up toy shelves with pictures and words children can learn sorting, classification and reading skills. So when you ask a child what he did today at school and they say play. One thing a parent knows is that there is a lot of learning going on.