Here is an excellent post on the importance of play for children from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!
To all parents out there, worried about their young child, and trying to keep school and learning going at home – here are my words to a parent who was concerned that her child often wanted to play:
“When you say that Tommy wants to build with blocks and play doctor, and play “emergency” – that is great news! Children’s play is their work. It is how they make sense of their world and how they express themselves and work things out. Play is really, really important. Mister Rogers knew that early on.”
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”