5 IMPORTANCES OF PLAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN (PT2)
(Continue)2. Play strengthens language and communication skills.
The ability to effectively communicate and express feelings, emotions, thoughts as well as the capability to respond, react and comprehend relies on our language and communication adeptness. “Research that focuses on play in relation to language development has stressed the importance of quality peer interactions and providing opportunities that are natural and purposeful.” (Jessica Cardoza, Language and Play, https://globallyinformed.org/2018/07/01/language-and-play/). It is often through play that children freely express what they know and how they feel through make up stories and characters. This behaviour is especially seen when they are playing with dolls, robots, cars or action figures they can most closely associate themselves with. A child’s thought organization is honed by storytelling, detailing and narration during playtime. “Children need to be able to put sentences together, ask and answer questions, tell short stories, use correct grammar and more in order to thrive at school.”
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Source: (The five most overlooked skills your child needs before starting school, Talk. Play. Grow, http://talkplaygrow.com.au/five-overlooked-skills-for-school/). Another article indicates that kids with “...strong language and communication skills are more likely to arrive at school ready to learn.” (Snow CE, Burns S, Griffin P. Preventing reading difficulties in young children. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press; 1998.)