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Importance of PLAY
Sarah Cook, Lower School Counselor

Fall is quickly approaching. The cooler weather lends way to some great days to play outside for hours without getting too hot or too cold. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to be outside as much as physically possible before the long winter months hit us. I bet your kids are feeling the same way! Whether indoors, or outdoors, PLAY is so important! Here are my top five of the ten things you should know about play from The National Association for the Education of Young Children The National Association for the Education of Young Children:

  1. Children learn through play. They develop cognitive skills, physical abilities, new vocabulary, social skills and literacy skills.
  2. Play is healthy. It promotes movement and helps to fight obesity in children.
  3. Play reduces stress. Play is joyful and fun. It provides a healthy outlet for stress and anxiety.
  4. Play is more than meets the eye. It is simple and complex. There are many different types of play. Social, physical, constructive, and expressive to name a few.
  5. Play and learning go hand-in-hand. They are not separate, but intertwined. Play is the child’s science lab that goes along with the lecture.

It is important to note that play is not only for our young students. Play is important for all no matter how old. Who says learning can’t be fun? Get outside, play, and learn this fall!