Playtime and Recess Are Important Factors for Young School Children
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Playtime and Recess Are Important Factors for Young School Children

Some parents complain that playtime seems to be all the time for young children. They remember the days when school was all about learning, however, play is learning as well. Play is such an important factor in the process of learning. Children find it easy to learn through playing games.

Some parents complain that playtime seems to be all the time for young children.  They remember the days when school was all about learning, however, play is learning as well.  Play is such an important factor in the process of learning. Children find it easy to learn through playing games. 

Teachers have long known that to make a game out of arithmetic assignment keeps the child interested.  They don’t associate the fun game with a boring lesson.  Card games, guessing games, puzzles and other games of this nature help them learn about arithmetic, shapes and sizes, logic, and how we all fit into this big world.  These skills are skills they need to develop in order to grow into well-adjusted individuals.  Recess is also a part of that process even when it is considered strictly play without a classroom learning component. 

Recess fosters the skill of socialization.  It helps young children to learn about others in an unstructured environment where the teacher is not supervising the play but is there just to make sure there are no accidents or fights that take place.  Not only does this indirect supervision keep the children safe, it helps them to learn to deal with peers on their own without the teacher dictating how the play will be performed.  Thus recess fosters a sense of separation from the authority figure for personal time and it fosters the ability to co-relate to peers without someone else telling them what to do.

Children will use recess to play alone, play in pairs, or play in groups.  This timeout from the classroom, helps them to become more independent, by developing their own personal style of play and allows them to problem solve on their own.

According to a recent study, schools have been systematically reducing recess time to promote other curriculum.  This puts kids at a disadvantage, especially children from inner city schools who do not have the liberty to associate freely with the kids in their neighbourhood for fear of getting hurt or abducted and so on. 

These concerns are very real concerns for the families of these children but they should also have the unstructured play at school so that they do not fall behind in social skills and lag behind the rest of the country.

Furthermore, other studies have shown how children need this time to rejuvenated and refresh their minds before tackling some of the more demanding school curriculum.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090126173835.htm

  

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