Play as an Integral Part of Learning Changes in the early education systems from preschool and kindergarten might shock many parents. Agelki Nicolopoulou (2010) “Children now spend far more time being instructed and tested in literacy and math than they do learning through play and exploration, exercising their bodies, and using their imagination” (p. 1). Many educators and parents should question these new academic movements because they fail to realize that play is an important part of learning for children, including teaching literacy. Play is integral to early childhood learning because play promotes the overall social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the child. Removing play from the classroom will harm children and...The end:
.....e harm to children and could cause long-term physical or emotional health problems. References Brown, P., Sutterby, J. & Thornton, C. (2011). Combating childhood obesity with physical play opportunities. PTO Today. Retrieved from http://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/67-combating-childhood-obesity-with-physical-play-opportunities Emslie, A. & Mesle, R. (2009). Play: The use of play in early childhood education. GYANODAYA: The Journal of Progressive Education, 2(2), 1-26. Liu, Y. (2008). Understanding play and literacy development in the young child. Jackson State University Researcher, 21(4), 14-50. Nicolopoulou, A. (2010). The alarming disappearance of play from early childhood education. Human Development, 53(1), 1-4.