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Why Play?

According to Albert Einstein “PLAY is the highest form of research.”


 

At Gramma Marie`s we believe that play is a child`s most important work. Play is how children acquire skills, experience success, and build self-esteem while having fun. When children play they:

 

  • practice, reinforce and remember what they are learning 
  • learn to manage their emotions and conquer their anxieties  
  • inquire, imagine, process information, and think! 

 

Due to the many benefits of play we believe in providing children with free play time each day. The following poem summarizes our philosophy about the importance of play: Play Today by Leila P. Fagg

 

You say you love your children,
And are concerned they learn today?
So am I; that’s why I’m providing
A variety of kinds of play.

 

You’re asking me the value
Of blocks and other such play?
Your children are solving problems.
They will use that skill everyday.

 

You’re asking what’s the value
Of having your children play?
Your daughter’s creating a tower.
She may be a builder someday.

 

You’re saying you don’t want your son
To play in that “sissy” way?
He’s learning to cuddle a doll.
He may be a father someday.

 

You’re questioning the learning centers;
They just look like useless play?
Your children are making choices;
They’ll be on their own someday.

 

You’re worried your children aren’t learning,
and later they’ll pay?
They’re learning a pattern for learning,
For they will be learners always.