Our country is known for producing human resources that are full of potential. But what has not known to the rest of the world is, it is also a country with the highest stress rate. A child at a very young age, like in his late infant stage, is expected to say all the alphabets and numbers. The kid is considered as intelligent only if he is able to differentiate colors and shapes when he is 2 years old.
Parents force the kids to meet the standards set by the society. If at all, let alone, the kid is going to be one of his kinds or he is just another sheep in the herd.
Why is play important in early childhood and even later stages too?
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These three skills are most important for any human on the planet. When you are scoring 100/100, but you don’t have enough skills that enhance these three, it might end up your career and dream. Cognition, social, and emotional behaviors are not taught in any books. They can be developed only through practical ways.
During the preschool stage, the child that plays with other kids learns to judge and perceive things. He/she is given a role in understanding the situation, think about the choices and able to decide and perceive the circumstance. The whole process, when done over and over again, helps the kid to develop a rational cognitive behavior towards the society.
When a kid plays with other kids, around his age or one/ two years of difference, he/she learns to be cooperative, coordinative and subtle to the things he doesn’t like. Kids that don’t play with other kids will not learn the social behaviors, which can make them feel lonely as they grow up. Social behaviors are the most important for a kid to learn, to become part of the society and sustain in it. Emotional behavior is closely related to the cognitive and social skills. Kids learn to handle emotional situations by understanding the situation (cognitive skill) and respond accordingly to the surrounding (social behavior). As a parent, it is important to let your kid handle their emotions in a nurturing way.
There is a common theory about playing, “Only the bookworm succeeds in the real life and the one plays ends up being loser”. Especially in our country, you can never play once you step into school. This one-size-fits-all theory is the wrong perception. Imagine great personalities like Einstein, Edison and many more, they are given the title of “Genius brains”. But people fail to understand that they never learned Alphabets or they never scored 100 in schools. Instead, they focused on what they loved and believed, and so did their parents. If Einstein or Edison’s parents believed in scoring 100 is the only thing that matters, then they would have never been, “The Greatest Minds”.
An institute at Massachusetts conducted an experiment and found that kids that are not instructed or directed to do things, will end up figuring out everything very quicker than the ones that are continuously instructed. Below are the some of the best examples of them,
- Story time – improves pre-reading skills like rhyming, wordplay, and the ability to follow a plot.
- Playing with soap bubbles – stimulates science learning
- Building with blocks – establishes a foundation for understanding geometry.
- Repetitive play (such as putting a puzzle together, taking it apart, and then reassembling it) sharpens motor acuity.
- Playing with sand or clay – improves the fine motor skills that advance the writing
- Coloring, Painting or doing crafts – increases the abstract thinking
“The function of play is to build pro-social brains, social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways” – author unknown but still the meaning is very intense.
When we talk about child’s mental health, we are talking about the importance of relationships for the developing child. Preschool is the stage where both parents and teachers are supposed to be recognizing responsive and consistent care that is suitable for a young child’s mental health and form the foundation for lifelong mental health.
Try to think in the way that process is more important than reaching the end goal. Your child needs you for their future and each child is essential for shaping the world into a better place.