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Just Playing

 

                                          -by Anita Wadley

When I'm building in the block room,
Please don't say I'm "Just playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play,
About balance, I may be an architect someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse, or athlete someday.

 

When you ask me what I've done at school today,
And I say, "I just played."
Please don't misunderstand me.
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.
I'm preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I am a child and my work is play.

 

Remember the old adage “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Indeed, play is one of the most important activities a child should engage in during early years. Research indicates that play is the central activity in the lives of healthy children. It is perhaps the best differentiator and the perhaps one of the most significant means of development during the early childhood years. Play is an important part of a child’s life as it helps children bond with parents and helps them learn the rules of social conduct. Play enhances language development, creativity and imagination. Play also lays the foundation, the base for the acquisition of knowledge of subjects such as Math, Science, Art, and Medicine. It enables students to develop the comprehensive and integrated foundation which is a pre requisite for future academic success. Play time in DPS, Secunderabad is sacrosanct and is given the due significance it deserves.