Though this post is written for parents, there are actions and ideas here that teachers can act upon. The importance of play and its benefits are becoming more and more apparent – plus research is supporting it. Note to self: More research on executive function, and ways of building it in schools, needs to be done.HT: Jackie Gerstein
“executive function,” the ability to self-regulate, the measurement of which turns out to be a better indicator of success in school than the results of an IQ test. Kids with good self-regulation skills are better able to control their emotions, resist impulsive behavior, and become self-disciplined and self-controlled.
how do we reconcile today’s anxious parents and the highly structured environment with our children’s need for unstructured, self-regulated play?
Key part of this highlight: unstructured and self-regulated
The primary requirement for unsupervised play is uninterrupted stretches of time
Even the youngest children are quite capable of entertaining, even educating, themselves.
encourage complex imaginative play by offering simple props and play ideas, but then withdraw so the children can plan their own scenarios and act them out.
your child is spending precious time at the activity that children need most and love best: playing independently and imaginatively
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