Lower School Community

Lower School Community
Lower School Community

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Importance of Play




In this whirlwind world of organized sports, organized lessons and minute by minute schedules, it is often difficult to remember that play used to mean going outside with kids in the neighborhood.  When our students go to St. Anne's in the Hills, they report that their favorite activity is building make-believe forts and towns and creating elaborate roles.  They are free to use their own imaginations to develop their own rules for how to play.  When adults are constantly supervising children's activities, kids loose the opportunity to learn self-regulation.  When children play creatively with others, they learn how to negotiate relationships, learn to how to compromise and, research indicates, that they develop far better self-regulation than those whose activities are always organized.




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