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January and February 2020 (PLAY)

As we welcome in a new year at RCD, we are reminded of all of the fun that we have here! Outside fun, inside fun, and everything in between! We believe that play is so important to children's learning! Here is a great article from our friends at NAEYC about the importance of play! (Hope you have fun reading it :)

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

By: Laurel Bongiorno, PhD.

1. Children Learn through play

Don't underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:

cognitive skills: like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store

physical abilities: like balancing blocks and running on the playground

new vocabulary: like words they need to play with toy dinosaurs

social skills: like playing together in a pretend car wash

literacy skills: like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant

2. Play is Healthy

Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play Reduces Stress

Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

4. Play is More than Meets the Eye

Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules- to name a few.

5. Make Time for Play

As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children's learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.

6. Play and Learning go Hand-in-Hand

They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child's lab.

7. Play Outside

Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.

8. There's a lot to Learn About Play

There's a lot written on children and play. See NAEYC or your child's center for good articles on the subject.

9. Trust Your Own Playful Instincts

Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give you children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.

10. Play is Context for Your Child's Learning

Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. Play proves rich learning opportunities that leads to the children's success and self-esteem.

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