Why is Play Important to My Child

It is increasingly rare to see a group of neighborhood kids playing kickball, performing a skit for a backyard audience or building forts. More often, children are focused on two-dimensional screens or are being shuttled to multiple lessons.
Traditional play helps children build their “soft skills”—resilience, grit, independence, problem-solving and communication—    but it is vanishing.
 
“Play time is critical to a child’s educational and social development. Healthy play provides children with physical space to practice new skills, unstructured time to interact with peers, and more dynamic situations for social negotiation. This continues to be important through the adolescent years,” said David Chottiner, Intermediate and Middle School Director at Old Trail School.
 
Click here to read the full article written by Katherine B. Howard, MA, NCSP, LPC, Old Trail School’s Psychologist.


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Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.