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Transcript of Why play???
There are many other aspects of school that have taken precedence over playtime. They are now tackling reading, writing, math and lots of homework. The focus is now on assessments. There seems to be no time left in the day for playing.
Types of Play
Strategies to Incorporate Play
1. Get Creative:
take your assessments, align them to your child's curriculum and identify ways to make meaningful activities (ex: hands on activities)
Be a model for your students:
eat healthy and share pictures of you riding your bike, walking with your family, or your children playing in the classroom.
Plan engaging and playful activities for indoor and outdoor time:
these can include hopscotch, jump rope, tag, memory, dice, rhythm, and parachute games.
Limit technology time in your classroom:
instead, find ways to engage children in peer conversations, hands-on projects, and imaginative and creative learning.
United Nations' Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which in Article 7 states, "The child shall have full opportunity to play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities shall endeavor to promote the enjoyment of this right;" and endorses its belief in Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
The Convention of the Rights of the Child
Play; verb; to exercise or employ oneself in diversion, amusement, or recreation.
The whole brain is stimulated when children play, unlike when learning certain academic skills just certain parts of the brain are stimulated
"One of the world's greatest experts on play, New Zealand researcher Brian Sutton-Smith, suggests that the typical image now of a child at play is of a single child sitting in front of a television set or video game, playing with his action figures (see Hansen, 1998). This isn't play. Neither are soccer games or other competitive sports events that take place on a regular basis in every community. Play is an open-ended experience initiated by children that involves pretense, rough-and-tumble activity, or the spontaneous use of real objects for creative activity. Play is becoming more of an endangered species in early childhood programs as academic demands increase."
Lee, Katherine. "Today's Kindergarteners Are Playing Less, Studying More." About Parenting. Web.
"Membership." Early Childhood Education Programs: Play. Web. 12 Oct. 2014
Play England. Web. 23 Nov 2014.
Shipley, Tisha. "Play: Is It Becoming Extinct?" Whole Child Education. 20 Feb. 2014. Web
"FACT SHEET: A Summary of Rights under Convention on the Rights of the Child. Web. 24 Nov 2014.
Play has many benefits:
Allow them to increase confidence
Provide opportunities for developing social skills
build resilience through risk-taking and challenge, problem solving, dealing with new and novel situations
provide opportunities to learn about their environment and wider communities
Benefits for Parents:
Parents can feel more secure knowing their kids are happy, safe and enjoying themselves
Families benefit from healthier, happier children
Buildings and facilities used by play services are frequently seen as a focal point for communities
Kids are not able to be kids!! They need time to develop and explore. School is not allowing kids to play in the classroom and are taking play away from them.
ensure children in your classroom have daily time to engage in free-choice play.
make recess (outdoor play, weather permitting) a priority, not a reward.
Involve families through your classroom:
give students ways to play and be active with your family members at home. Try sending a "take home bag" with games, ideas, and things to play.
Write newsletters that give the benefits of play:
share resources on different community activities and places where families can be physically active.