Last year I did a TFT post on Benign Neglect and bored kids... take a look if you want.
Anyhow... Half Full had a post today about kids' play and academic success. Can I tell you how "happy" these snippets made me:
- Child-led, unstructured play (with or without adults) leads to intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
- It is perfectly fine for parents to back-off a little bit and let children play on their own or with other children, especially once they are 4 or 5 years old. Kids learn how to entertain themselves this way, and how to get along with other children.
- Make sure that kids have enough time: a half hour is the minimum. Play that lasts several hours is better
- And it turns out that sacrificing play to earlier academics and earlier sports does not necessarily lead to greater success, and might even hinder it.