All work and no play not only makes Jack a dull boy, but it can affect his overall development as well. The importance of play is so great that the UN High Commission for Human Rights has gone to the extent of recognizing play as a right for every child.
In Williamsburg Northside, preschools are making use of this essential aspect of a young learner’s development and incorporating a variety of hands on activities that are fun, engaging and stimulating as well.
Given below are the ways in which the preschoolers have been benefiting from such play-based activities that help in more than one way and do much more than the usual games conducted in most early childhood educational institutions-
Relaxation and Fun
Play forms one of the most enjoyable aspects of childhood that helps children relax and have fun. It also has restorative benefits. Children, after a session of free-play tend to be more attentive and relaxed to indulge in more structured, academic classroom activities.
Development of Social Skills
As students in the preschools of Williamsburg Northside engage with each other during play, they consciously or unconsciously develop some of the key social skills like leadership and group skills by sharing and taking turns.
Language, Learning and Motor Development
Play-based activities inside and outside preschool classrooms provide children an enriching combination of developmental opportunities related to cognition, motor and language (speech and understanding) skills.
Play requires young learners to face new situations and make decisions and choices that have a cumulative effect on the overall competency of a child. Children also learn a lot about solving problems and acquire the basic skills required for mastery of a variety of situations.
Development of communication skills can be enhanced for young preschool attending kids through structured and unstructured play. Children interact and communicate with each other during games and are more likely to overcome their communication barriers that tend to make them shy and less outgoing.
Establishing ConnectionsAs children engage amongst themselves during play, they establish connections with each other through common interests. This forms the basis of friendship.