When a child starts attending kindergarten, parents expect special attention for their academic knowledge. They would like the children to recite poems, sing songs, show dances and read a two-syllable word with pride when they return from kindergarten. However, many educators today encourage parents to remember the importance of play in a child's education.
Today's preschool and preschool education programs encourage playing with children. During the game, explore, recognize, think about the problems that have arisen, create meanings, take risks, solve them and communicate with other children. Neurologists claim that games have a positive effect on the brain: more flexible thinking, better memory, greater motivation for learning. Speech therapists claim that while playing, children develop language skills, develop vocabulary and coherent speech. Psychologists say that children who play have more control over their behavior, adapt more successfully at school, because they find friends more easily. Games also play a very important role in developing creativity, critical thinking and decision-making capacity. We often notice that a small child's game is a mirror of his soul. Watch what the child plays, what his dolls say, what they are afraid of, what they want and you will understand what is happening in the inner world of the little one.
Well, where else are outdoor games with huge benefits. Unfortunately, outdoor games, which used to be a self-evident part of young children's lives, are today increasingly being replaced by TV or computer game time. However, outdoor time is vital for a child's full development. Children who spend at least 6 hours a week outside are much less likely to get sick, these children have better mental health, faster development of gross motor skills, are able to concentrate better, and promote social, emotional and cognitive development.
Our little hero will not learn play activities by himself. It begins with communication with an adult who teaches the little one to play, introduces toys, rules of the game, creates a plot. Having mastered the rules of communication with an adult in different games, the child is already able to model them and transfer them to other situations.
Creative games are games whose actions, content, roles, and rules are created by the children themselves: by staging fairy tales, reproducing cartoons, etc. While playing these games, children play various roles on their own initiative: Spider-Man, Elsa, Princess, etc. So you should take care of the right costumes, maybe create decorations, choose the right musical background.
Dramatic games are games in which the actors and directors are children themselves. Stages a literary work by choosing toys, glove puppets, marionettes. Children are happy to invite adults from their close environment to participate in his role-playing game. Don't give up! Suddenly a mother becomes a child, well, a child needs a demanding and caring mother. Or maybe the child will ask to play the beloved hero of the fairy tale, or maybe he will solve various situations? Encourage the child to think critically, how could Katinėlis have acted if Gaidelis had not asked him several times? What would he suggest? Can you act out this story? Apply it in life situations, when even the smallest family member refuses to fulfill the requests of mom or dad?
Construction games have a double educational effect on the child: during construction games, not only the child's thinking and construction skills develop, but also memory and imagination, without which construction is impossible. Build a dream house with your child, design a dream kindergarten or school.
So by sacrificing games for literacy, we risk harming a child's social skills, emotionality and psychology, you can harm a child's self-expression and self-confidence, and of course, you are stopping a child from what they really need - play. Let's not overlook the most important stage of games in childhood, which shapes your child the most.