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Soccer Helps Kids Prepare for School

No athlete would simply arrive at a game one day and expect to play; there’s a lot that happens long before. Somehow though, we expect kids to just arrive at school one day and be able to do their best. Just like the athletes, preparation can help kids get ready for school.

children's early learning and developmentMany professional athletes have loved to play since they were young. The key word is PLAY. Kids need time everyday to play because this is how they learn best. As children play, they develop critical brain connections and pathways that they will use for thinking skills and strategies at school. The early years between birth and 5 years of age are the optimum time for early learning and brain development.

Pros have spent a great deal of time practicing. Children practice doing things over and over as they play. The baby that drops a spoon onto the floor many, many times is both playing and practicing. Will the same action produce the same result? The child that spends several minutes every time when leaving the house to jump from the third step to the ground is also practicing. Likely the parent says that it’s time to go, not play.

While much time is spent watching, athletes know they need to participate. Kids also need to do both, watch how others do things and then do it for themselves. To help get ready for school, kids can participate in listening to stories, singing songs, squishing playdough, coloring with sidewalk chalk, building towers with blocks, imagining with a box, having playdates with friends, checking under rocks, rolling down hills at the park, splashing in puddles, and more.

Before getting to major games, athletes will start at a beginning level and work up. Before going to preschool and kindergarten, kids also need somewhere to start. This could be at groups with parents and tots, library story time, community activities and other places where kids can develop independent skills and gain confidence about being separated from parents and caregivers.

How will your child play and learn today?

Will Your Child Be A World Cup Soccer PLAYer?

World Cup Soccer has started and some children will dream of one day playing in the championships. Did you notice that key word: PLAY?  Whether it’s FIFA, the Olympics, the Stanley Cup or another great event and competition, the roots of Sport are PLAY. There will be some exciting soccer matches as these teams fromContinue Reading

Play Combines New and Old for Brain Connections

During play, children can combine something they already know in a new or different way to create new brain connections. Play is important for early learning and it can happen in the most surprising places. Yesterday afternoon, Little Sister went to a birthday party at a gymnastics facility. She enjoyed jumping on the giant airContinue Reading

What Makes Childhood Magical? Part 1: PLAY

PLAY Makes Childhood Magical Recently, a popular article has been circulating written by Bunmi Laditan declaring “I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical.” This mom states that she’s had it with themed birthdays, elaborate crafts, and contrived memories. She explores some of the things that made childhood magical for her. After reading, I tried toContinue Reading

Playin’ and Payin’ It Forward: Cop Plays With Young Boy

Play is not just a tool for young children’s early learning and development, it is a powerful way to connect hearts and lives for people of any age. Just last week, a police officer noticed a boy outside playing with a basketball and practicing shooting hoops. The officer requested and received permission to take hisContinue Reading

The Name of the Game for Kids is PLAY

The Closing Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics were an exciting display of color, light, music, and dance. While there were hundreds of adult performers, there were also hundreds of children. Three children wove their way through the magic of the story and the celebration. The athletes of future Olympic Games are the children of today.Continue Reading

The Olympics Grow From PLAY

Millions of people around the world are watching the Olympics and likely, in many countries, their athletes are featured in stories. While the encyclopedia says the roots of the Olympics are from ancient Greece, could it be that the Games begin in PLAY? For athletes, getting to the Olympics has been a journey of hardContinue Reading

Play is Important No Matter Our Age

When grownups get to play, they really play. Outdoor ice hockey in Dodger Stadium? Along with beach volleyball and the rock band KISS? The extravaganza in Los Angeles, California may be because adults play so seldom. Over 54,000 people came out to play, underscoring that play is important no matter our age. In the wordsContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness As Easy As 1 2 3 … #4

In this brand new year, will your child be starting kindergarten? Are you asking, “Will my child be ready for kindergarten?” “What is kindergarten readiness anyway?” Could you use some answers? This is a series of posts that looks at some of the basics of getting your child ready to start kindergarten. Although this answerContinue Reading

What’s The Best Gift for Young Children?

What do you think is the best gift for young children? At this time of year, there is lots of discussion about the best present for kids: traditional toys versus new popular ones, natural items or the latest tech gadget or device, imaginative toys or construction sets–it’s hard to know. Just recently, there were twoContinue Reading