Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others.
Play contributes to healthy brain development.
If play is what is being recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, then why are we all not engaging in free choice play in all Pre-K and Kindergarten classes? What are the barriers and how do we begin to overcome them? How do you advocate for the rights of children to play?