Playtime and Positive Outcomes In and Out of the Classroom
 
by Sam Glyn Nava, B.S.Ed, M.S.CCC-SLP
Alphabet Kids Director of Educational Resources
 
Over the winter break, and throughout the rest of the year, socialization and playtime with peers are critical parts of development and growth in kids' lives. Here are some of the educational reasons why it is important to promote play time and socialization with your kids:
 
  1. Improved Language Skills - Adult interaction is vital to language growth, but it is also important for children to converse with peers of their age so they have a better understanding of how to relate to them.
  2. Increased Imagination - It is nice to play dress-up and have fantasy play with your children, but kids will be kids and they have a special way to explore their imaginations that is unique. You can help them with writing and story creation.
  3. Better Self-Esteem - Building positive peer relationships helps children to have higher self-esteem, which leads to more class participation.
  4. Greater Understanding of Different Cultures - Making friends with children from different backgrounds and cultures will give your child first-hand lessons about the world that are meaningful and more personalized.
  5. Fosters Self-Awareness - Interacting with peers gives kids the opportunity to gauge social norms. Although they don't realize that is what is going on, this helps with appropriate behavior skills in and out of the classroom.
  6. Peer Encouragement and Support - As children get older, positive peer relationships can be the difference between good peer encouragement and negative peer pressure. Start constructive social circles early by promoting socialization while kids are still young.