Play is important for optimal child development. Play improves children’s and young people’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. They also learn skills they need for study, work, and relationships.
Instead, their time should be used in the outdoors, in nature, reading rich stories full of noble stories and wondrous ideas, and of developing proper habits that will last a lifetime.
Rudolph Steiner, of the Waldorf educational philosophy, expressed the importance of the changing of teeth and delaying formal lessons until a child’s front baby teeth had been lost. He references a spiritual and physical change and discusses in lectures, “The time of the change of teeth was, in Greece, the age at which the child was given over to public education.”
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Links Mentioned in This Episode
- Simple Start Guide to How to Start Homeschool
- Free printable: 10 Reasons you should read to your children
- Playtime Quotes