Critical Development Periods

“The Washington Post” in blog authored by Valerie Strauss, raises what we believe are very real and appropriate concerns over the reduction in the amount of play allocated to our preschoolers.  Have technology, television programing, and parental focus on academic success shifted our attention to the importance of play?  Angela Hanscom, in her “Answer Sheet Newsletter” does a great job in addressing this issue.

The bottom line is that our young learn best through meaningful play experiences.  Reducing the amount of recess and physical play at home has some negative impact on our kids.

Ms. Hanscom states, “preschool years are not only optimal for children to learn through play, but also a critical developmental period.”  Without these experience, she says, “they start their academic careers with a disadvantage.  They are more likely to be clumsy, have difficulty paying attention, trouble controlling their emotions, utilize poor problem-solving methods, and demonstrate difficulties with social interactions.”

Perhaps, addressing the physical needs of our preschoolers might better prepare our kids with the strength to manage through the challenges they will face as they get older.