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ERIC Number: EJ857724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Powerful Effect of Play in a Child's Education
Rivera, Miquela
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n2 p50-52 Oct 2009
Play is a great equalizer. It is a universal, natural human pursuit. It need not--and should not--be based on or require expensive toys. Instead, children need an atmosphere in which exploration and play are valued and encouraged, a print-rich environment in which books--these can be borrowed from a library--encourage verbal skills; materials challenge the imagination; and there is positive social interaction. A play-deprived environment in which children rely too much on "screen time"--video games, television, movies, and computer-based diversion--to fill their time is sterile and seldom draws upon creativity. Through games and activities, a skilled teacher can introduce something unknown to a hesitant learner and allow the student to practice until mastery is achieved. Structured classroom play can appeal to all styles of learners: (1) visual; (2) aural; and (3) kinesthetic. It can ease returning students into group assignments, enabling class teams to set a goal and work together to achieve it. Play can enliven that which seems uninteresting, add humor, and infuse creativity into rigid and dry topics. Games and activities are ideal ways to facilitate learning and encourage introspection. Play can enliven a depressed or withdrawn student, help them belong, advance creativity or critical thinking, and release tension. There isn't anything to be lost in education by playing. There is more to be lost if one doesn't engage in play. This article discusses the importance of play in a child's education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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