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IMPORTANCE OF PLAY SCHOOLS
- Mrs. Margaret Mascarenhas

It is never too early to start thinking of your child's development, whether physically, mentally or socially. There is no hard and fast rule at what age a child joins a playschool. Sending a child to a playschool is one of the major milestones in his life, and many factors should be taken into consideration.

Why send a child to a playschool ?

Playschools are generally a good place to send your child if he has nobody to interact and play with at home.

However, each session should not be too long as young children have a very short attention span.

One should also interact with the child at home that, would get the best out of him because he needs a trusting environment.

While sending your child to a playschool the key point to note is your child feels comfortable in the presence of other children. If so, you know he is ready to interact with other children.

If a parent is sending a child to focus on academics, then it is a very wrong reason. At this tender age, activities should be very play oriented. Learning through fun. If it becomes too academic, the whole arena of a child's social, mental, physical and emotional development disappears.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAYING

As long as a playschool provides an environment of learning through playing, it is no doubt the right place for your child to start gaining some important skills in his life.

There are some skills that your child could attain by attending a play school.

Academic :
Nursery rhymes and songs teach the children about words, numbers and can gauge them. It can stimulate your child's window opportunity in academic learning.

Art :
Art is a way to arouse a child's sense of creativity.Drawing, colouring and painting helps your child appreciate the finer things in life and helps in their co-ordination of hand movement.

Constructive Play :
Building of blocks teaches a child teamwork and aids in their co-ordination of hand movements.

Imaginative Play :
Story telling enacting small skits, puppet show encourages a child's sense of imagination and creativity.

INDEPENDENCE AND CONFIDENCE

When they are playing alone, they learn certain things by themselves and gain confidence and become more independent.

Music :
Songs, musical rhymes, and simple musical instruments helps them to improve a child's sense of rhythm's and his appreciation of fine arts.

Motor Skills :
Physical play give a child an opportunity to exercise their bodies.

Social Skills :
Making friends, taking turns, sharing and talking are all important social skills, which will give him a head start in his social life. He also learns manners and to be courteous in the playschool.

Pre-reading and Thinking skill :
Your child is exposed to story telling session which enhances and stimulates his interest in books, solving puzzles and problems enhances his thinking skill. It also teaches him to be flexible.

 

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