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How ‘Play’ Holds An Importance In Learning?

How ‘Play’ Holds An Importance In Learning?

Let’s suppose your child comes to you from school and tells you that he played many games in school today. Won’t you be furious at the thought that you send your child to study and all they do is play? If your thoughts are the same, you need to sit back, relax and think again.

Parents or adults always think that if the child is playing, they are not doing anything constructive. It’s kind of a waste of time. As a result, they devise a schedule for both play and study. But they are wrong. Play can also be constructively used in learning, and many theorists have vouched for this. Play is an activity in which the child’s participation is spontaneous and of his or her own desire. She hasn’t felt compelled to participate. In addition, there is active engagement. Only when a youngster does something out of his own volition is it considered play.

It is commonly assumed that when children are playing, they are not taking the action seriously. This is not the case. Play is taken quite seriously by children. Any interruption or alteration in their activity made by someone who is not participating is not welcome. They have their own set of rules for playing games. Children have an inherent need to play. Children, particularly young children, use play to learn about the world. Perhaps it’s because children’s play is (or was) so ubiquitous that many people ignore the importance of play in their education and development. One of the most crucial components of a child’s life is play. Why? Children learn to think imaginatively and connect socially through games like peekaboo, patty-cake, and playing home. They grow physically, find a variety of emotional skills, and learn how to perceive the environment through play. In a nutshell, play is essential for your child’s growth.

Over the last few decades, American children have been given fewer and fewer opportunities to play, particularly unstructured free play. For children, this has resulted in a slow physical, mental health, social-emotional, academic, and developmental outcomes. The detrimental implications of this move away from play have brought attention to the importance of play for children.

Jean Piaget (1962) was the first psychologist to explore children’s cognitive development in a systematic way. Play, according to Piaget, is essential for children’s intelligence development. His theory of play contends that as a kid grows older, their surroundings and play should assist them to develop their cognitive and verbal skills. ‘A youngster is always beyond his average age, above his daily behaviour, as if he were a head higher than himself in play.’ Dr. Tiff Jumaily, a paediatrician at Integrative Paediatrics and Medicine Studio City in Los Angeles, thinks that “play is how children learn.” Furthermore, play relieves stress, according to a 2012 study. “Play, on the whole, is linked to responses that improve learning.

In terms of academics, play is linked to reading and math, as well as the critical learning processes that support these skills. There have been studies that show a direct link between play and literacy, language, and mathematics. 4-year-olds’ play, for example, predicts language and reading preparation by playing rhyming games, making shopping lists, and “reading” tale books to stuffed animals. Children’s most sophisticated language skills are demonstrated during play, according to research, and these language skills are significantly linked to emergent literacy. As a result, play is essential for school preparedness and performance. It may also play a significant part in preparing students for life outside of the classroom. Children will need a toolkit of skills in the knowledge age, according to business leaders, including collaboration (teamwork, social competence), content (e.g., reading, math, science, history), communication (oral and written), creative innovation, and confidence (taking risks and learning from failure). Each of these “Five Cs” is fostered through play.

We recognize the importance of play in children’s healthy development at Little Columbus School. That is why we include play in our school day and throughout our curriculum for all students. One of the prime examples is that we have a mat with a snake and a ladder printed on it. Children play on it, do all their arithmetical operations on their own, and enjoy it. It’s a win-win situation for all of us as the child is learning, enjoying and actively participating all together without feeling burdened.

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