In this time of distance learning, there must be time set aside for play. Playing gives children the opportunity to communicate and negotiate in a low-pressure setting. Playing allows children the chance to discover their place in the world, as well as asserting their role in social settings. Children need one-on-one care to thrive, so assessing a child’s strengths and weaknesses through scheduled one-on-one attention will allow the child to grow in the best way they know how to: with authenticity, fun, and joy.
- Play is a way for kids to create social connections and practice academics in a low-pressure, real-world environment.
- We must find creative ways to continue to teach and encourage play in remote learning environments.
- As a teacher, emphasize to families that you value unstructured play as part of their child’s education as much as you do academic work.
“Play is a time when mistakes can be deeply explored, because children are intrinsically motivated to repair a friendship or rebuild a structure.”