Encourage Play

 

Incorporating active movement into each day is necessary to build foundational skills for learning.  It is imperative to allow children time for creative play, as well as opportunities to enhance motor skills through physical activity.  Providing a safe area for child driven exploration of their environment is one of the best ways to develop these critical skills.  In addition to the creativity component, children are using problem-solving skills through the trial and error process to learn from their inaccuracies as they participate in motor tasks.  By doing this, they learn to make adjustments, which are necessary for more refined abilities.


Your children may frequently change the focus of their attention.
But this is not restlessness.
It is curiosity.
Watch them
Let them set the pace.
See what you can learn.
— adapted from The Parent's Tao Te Ching