The Power of Play
In my work with younger children, I am always amazed at their creativity and imagination when it comes to the power of play. Unstructured, exploratory play establishes the foundation for how these youngsters understand the world around them. It teaches logical consequences, boundaries, cause and effect, as well as critical thinking skills. In the age of high-stakes testing and the pressures of academic competitiveness, let us not lose track of some of the most valuable lessons of our childhood. For a more in depth discuss on this topic, peruse this article from the current issues of the American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology.