Whether a child is attending a mainstream school, a special needs center or is being homeschooled, play time can contribute to better and more focused learning.
Play-based learning promotes the deepest kind of learning as it encourages a child to become self-directed learner. The child gets the chance to explore, develop curiosity, and solve his own problems.
This leads to self sufficiency and independence!
Decades of research in developmental psychology shows that play is the most effective way for young children to learn, develop social skills, and regulate their emotions, which altogether contribute to better academic performance.
Researches also show that the lack of play opportunities may cause an increase in depression and anxiety, among the young children!
Play is crucial for fresh mind and active learning!
If you’re surprised by the above facts, you may want to incorporate more play opportunities in your child’s daily routine. Here are some core benefits of play in academics:
- Many kids are super energetic and if the energy remains un-channelized, the child loses interest in academics. Play offers a great opportunity to channelize child’s energy and as a result child is more focused in academics.
- Play helps in reducing the screen time significantly, which helps the child to have less exposure to the negative aspects of technology.
- Play improves imagination which leads to independent learning and creativity which is the ultimate need for the career opportunities in the future.
- Play promotes emotional intelligence, conflict resolution skills, and the foundational skills for academics.
- It was once thought only children with special needs such as autism required help with learning how to play. Now, though, early childhood experts believe all kids benefit from it.
- Play allows young kids to have more real-world experience.