In July, several of the teachers in our Early Childhood Education Department were fortunate to attend “The Play Conference” held in Roseville, California. What a gift we each received. We all are confirmed believers in the power of play and why we all need it. It was so validating to be in a huge room filled with “like-minded” early childhood educators. We learned about the dark side of play and how our own childhood/background can influence play. We remembered that we all need to slow down and listen more. We were all inspired, energized, and ready to start the school year!
The science of play is backed by research and very important for children of all ages, including adults. Play with your kids, let them lead the way. So many of us adults have forgotten how to play! In PLAY, we learn some important life skills:
- Social skills
- Problem-solving (individually and with others)
- Understanding and awareness of the world around us
According to Peter Gray, “Play is training for adulthood!” Our world is changing so fast; with these tools, we know we can prepare children for success. According to a recent article in the New York Times, The American Academy of Pediatrics is now suggesting that doctors should prescribe playtime for young children. To read more click here
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood” – Fred Rogers