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Children grow and develop at their own pace, but research shows that group learning is often a more effective teaching tool than one-on-one interaction. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why playtime is so important in preschool:
Children typically have a short attention span. Anything from sugar to being three can cause a child a great difficulty when it comes to sitting in one place. Playtime focuses the mind so that the child will be less likely to disengage and more likely to explore their surroundings.
Individuals learn more quickly when they are engaged than they do when they are bored. This is because engagement causes a spike in brainwave activity. This is why students can ace a test about something in which they have no interest, simply for having applied the principles of the lessons to something they appreciated. Playtime encourages learning.
One of the most recognized benefits that preschool has to offer is the encouragement of peer bonding. As children learn to interact with their peers, they can both display autonomy, a lack thereof will alert a preschool teacher to any number of things including anything from developmental delays to abuse at home and learn the value of sharing. Peer interaction also promotes collaborative problem solving which the child will use much later.
Playtime can give a child many ways to interact with the world around them. Self-play, such as pretend, encourages abstract thinking and increases brain wave activity. Other children may use playtime to challenge themselves in one area or another. Instructors can begin to profile their students by which activities in which they engage readily, those which they avoid and how well they interact with others.
About The Author:
Oscar Marin is the owner of The Vine Infant Center, one of the leading infant child care centers and preschool in San Diego, CA providing daycare for infants. He is highly concerned with the newborn infant care and infant health care and ensures infants’ overall development since 2007.