Importance of Play

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I have always believed that Play supports children as they strive towards a unique personhood while exploring connection with others, within their environment. Play also cultivates a sense of wonder and enjoyment through learning and living. According to a doctor named Dr. Patricia Vardin, PLAY is second nature to children. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at brain growth and development during the learning process, the importance of nurturing brain growth while developing, and how early childhood education encourages brain growth, memory and language development in babies and young preschool children.

At birth, a baby’s brain already has 100,000,000,000 cells. This is about the same number of stars in the Milky Way. Unlike the rest of the new baby’s body, the brain is not complete at birth. In order to start working, the cells need to communicate with each other. As a baby starts to experience life, connections are being made between cells—the more connections there are, the more the brain can do. A baby’s brain develops so fast that by age two; a child who is developing “normally” has the same number of connection as an adult. According to reading rainbow, by age three a child has TWICE as many brain connections as an adult.

I feel that PLAY fosters optimal development through an interactive approach to Early Childhood Education. This means that the quality and quantity of learning is greatly enhanced through interaction. This particular tool for learning promotes self-worth and self-confidence. It also fosters effective intrapersonal and social interacting skills. PLAY helps the process of understanding and organizing information about physical and social environments, along with usage of critical thinking skills. Children’s optimal development must be nurtured in an environment that supports construction of knowledge and meaning through creative PLAY.

PLAY is the vehicle that enables the optimal development of young children. PLAY...
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