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Preserving Play

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“There has to be an emphasis on teaching reading and math in early childhood classrooms, but we should never allow the invasion of the academic to restrict the ways that children explore the world through play.” – Professor Celia Genishi

 

The words of Teachers College Professor Celia Genishi give shape to one of those fundamental beliefs that I hope schools never forget (particularly in the primary grades) that play is essential to the social-emotional, physical, and academic growth of children in American. Like Professor Genishi, I strongly believe “play can lead to other interests in literacy, art, and math.” Likewise, I believe “it does so by opening up opportunities for learning.” I can only hope that teachers and parents do not take for granted the many ways that children learn through the act of play. tlb

 

Related Article: 6 Ways to Protect Our Child’s Playtime

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About principalaim

Head of Lower School, Louisville Collegiate School

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