As play becomes the hot button topic in our early learning conversations, I still find myself struggling to explain how play fits into a school day. Old thought patterns about play persist: it’s a filler activity or we’ll play when the work is done. The toughest one is the connection between play and learning. This article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children gets the conversation started about how play is not as simple as we might have thought.
If you are looking for a new place to play, visit one of the local StrongStart centres. A ECE is always on site to answer questions and provide interesting play opportunities. By playing in the school, next to the Kindergarten class, you are sending your child a powerful message that school is fun and playing is the way to learn.
If you have any questions about play in your child’s life, please contact us.
This TED talk by Stuart Brown walks us through play from another perspective.