Here’s Why You Should Never Underestimate Play in Preschool

Many parents send their children to school even at a young age. They believe that the earlier their children attend school, the better it would be for them. There are some parents, however, who are hesitant to send their kids to preschool. They think that their children are too small or young for it. While it is true that kids largely depend on their parents, a high-quality preschool serves as a strong foundation for them to learn academically, emotionally, and socially for their future success.

Parents usually worry about their children’s performance at school – on how they are going to handle assignments and answer their teacher’s questions. This should not be the case though, for preschool involves activities that enable children to learn while playing. Forget about the idea that preschool is rigorous, because in reality, it is playful. And here are some good reasons why your child should go to preschool and how important play is.

It is well-settled that, by nature, children are playful. This is the main reason why play is a main activity for preschoolers. There are different types of play that your child may experience, namely creative, dramatic, manipulative, and physical.

  1. Creative. It takes place when kids use art materials like clay, pencil, paint, etc., to form or draw a certain thing using their imagination.

  2. Dramatic. Students are given specific characters and they will act out and take on the roles of adults, animals, and the like. This enhances their social skills as they need to interact with others.

  3. Manipulative. Kids love playing with toys, whether small or big. Doing this allows them to control on how to hold and handle them.

  4. Physical. Play in preschool helps children to become healthier. Doing sports games, such as basketball, relay race, or mini-obstacle course seems as if they are performing exercises. Also, it helps them to grow strong, joyful, and stress-free.

The value of play, therefore, should never be underestimated. It provides benefits that can be really helpful to your children as they grow and study further. For instance, children learn best when they are physically engaged. Imagine your child playing basketball or any other physical sports with his classmates. He will push himself to win and even start building motor skills. This goes the same when your kid participates in a dramatic or cooperative play. His language and vocabulary abilities are improved. As the teacher gives students instructions on what to say and how to act, the latter begin communicating on their own and express their thoughts and emotions.

Another major advantage of play is self-confidence. Your child starts to feel confident about what he is doing when his teacher acknowledges him for his accomplishment, no matter how big or small it is.

Play in preschool promotes social and emotional development. If you want to prepare your child for the future, the best way to do that is to send him to school, be it local or international preschool.


Source by Shine Manson

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