The Importance of Play

In the past two decades, radical changes have taken place in the preschools and kindergartens across America. Children who, until recently, made sense of their world through pure play, are spending more time being instructed in academics than developmentally appropriately by learning through play. In the past, play was self-chosen, challenging, and filled with creative adventures. Early childhood educators often are aware of the benefits of teaching methods based on play, but often do not understand the reasons why it works.