The Benefits of Playgroups to Toddlers
Playing is the first thing that comes to our minds when we think about kids because that is what they actually do all day, every day. By letting have fun and get dirty, we are not boxing up their creativity and imagination; and that is why playgroups made. Playgroups are specifically designed for children with age range 2-5 years old and their activities are varied based on their age bracket. At this age, children are allowed to have as much fun as they but associated with different skills they are entailed to develop. By staying with their playgroup for just 2-3 hours a day, they will discover things and be able to perform tasks one by one.
Playgroups are also a great way to relieve a child’s separation anxiety with his parents, a normal phase of development process. However, you don’t have to leave your child alone if he still shows signs of separation anxiety. Playschools suggest that parents should stay with their children in the first days of school to not get them shocked and alienated with the new environment and could also be an opportunity parents to get to know the environment they will be putting their child into.
If you are looking for a good playgroup to start your child in, do consider Mulberry Playgroup Singapore. They carry the Reggio Emilia framework and Habits of Mind curriculum which are both excellent programs for your child. As a top notch preschool centre, you should check them out here.
To tell us more about the reasons why playgroups are extra great for toddlers, we have an article by Deepali Kulkarni Kumta for My Little Moppet.
13 Reasons why Organizing Playgroups for Toddlers is a Good Idea
Playgroups provide children with preschool experiences such as arts & crafts, construction activities, music and movement, books and stories and different kinds of play like sand play, water play, adventure play, etc. They provide a stable, secure and relaxed environment where parents feel comfortable to leave their kids for a short time. Read more
A parent’s greatest confidence is their child’s excellent attitude towards other people, that’s why we train our child to be polite and well-mannered under our own roofs. As they grow up, we aim for them to be more disciplined and be responsible to their actions, a simple task list or habit tracker at home will make a lot of improvements to a child’s mindset. However, some undertaking cannot be simply done at home especially the collaborative tasks where their social skills are highly boosted.
Letting your child attend a playgroup and letting him run around with his playmates is also a great way to introduce them to sports and daily physical activities. Studies also show that a person learn better with real life interaction to their materials compared to confining them at home watching television or watching videos from the internet, playing online games and listening to non-interactive materials. Playschools provide good exposure to nursery rhymes, story books, music instruments and fun games. In this way, a child can better remember what he has been taught that day because he was physically there doing it with other kids his age.
For the next article from Playgroup NSW, these benefits were elaborated by Karen van Woudenberg.
5 Ways Your Child Can Benefit From Playgroup
When talking about the benefits of playgroup, Karen van Woudenberg, Playgroup NSW Deputy CEO highlights that, “Playgroups allow parents to introduce their children to a range of activities they may not do at home. It’s also a safe way for parents to allow their children to engage socially with other people and try new things. Read more here
As adults, we have learned overtime how to face daily problems by finding solutions while considering all aspects that it might overrun. We also acquire resilience for every time there is a setback and we believe that highly successful people have this thing in common. Little did we know, we also have a fair share of their mind-set, we all have been children. Childhood experiences are greater variables of a perception of an adult. Some examples of these are traumatic experiences that are carried by an individual throughout his lifetime that caused him to develop mental and emotional disorders and hinder him from performing in accordance to his responsibility.
However, on a positive side, playgroup toddlers are given situational challenges that tests and practices their problem-solving skills even at an early age. For instance, activities like recognizing shapes, alphabets and colors are ways to help their brains develop. If we look closely, their resilience and determination to solve these puzzles are put into practice. It also fees their curiosity that enables them to be creative and imaginative of ideas. With trainings like these, we could make another genius for the future.
To prove these benefits, let us know from Jamie’s firsthand experience when she enrolled her child to a playgroup.
Should you send your toddler to Playgroup?
The 3 hour playgroup begins with the pledge and national anthem, music and movement in both Chinese and English. There’s snack time in between, then they learn about alphabets, colours or numbers. The last hour is for Life Skills, where they learn how to put on their shoes and work on their motor skills (egg transferring, threading, cutting paper). Read more here
There are many ways a child can benefit from a playgroup and these are not just the ones we pick up from streets. Physical strength, gross motor, leadership skills and social skills are essential to build a child’s foundation before he learns academically. They are trained to communicate with their surrounding and it doesn’t only mean people but also to the nature.
In a society where most people depend their child’s learning on what we see on the internet thinking it is a convenient to educate a child, we should emphasize the huge difference. They will see, feel, hear and taste things for what they are and this will keep them intact with reality of everything around.
Traditional trainings should not get out of style because mainly, that is how our ancestors are able to produce what we have today.
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