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Keeping Children Healthy
There is nothing more important than a child's health. Be aware of common childhood illnesses and preventative measures to keep children healthy.
Families: Keep your child's immunizations up to date. Check with the doctor or with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for what immunizations your child needs and when.
While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in development. If you have concerns, contact CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288.
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10 Things Every Parent Should Know
by Laurel Bongiorno, P.H.D.
1. Children learn through their play.
Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:
2. Play is healthy.
Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.
Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.
4. Play is more than meets the eye.
Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, socio-dramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.
As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.
Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.
8. There’s a lot to learn about play.
There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.
Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.
Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.
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