Remember all of those first day smiles filled with the anticipation of the first day of school that you witnessed in the faces of your students? Remember their excitement as they met new friends? Recall the joy of seeing their new classroom, new books, and so much more?
If only that excitement of the first day of school could last the duration of the entire school year.
However, very quick the realization of the work ahead sets in for many students. Daily work, quizzes, tests, projects, and essays soon appear and the joy turns to thoughts of being overwhelmed.
For students, parents, and teachers alike the excitement soon turns to the grind.
The academic benefits of play are simply immeasurable. This article helps summarize just a few of the major reasons why play is vital in the primary grades.