The February 3rd nationwide event is designed to raise awareness for the need for unstructured play time for children. "We are extremely fortunate in having a supportive administration that understands that free play time develops not only social skills, but math, engineering, vocabulary, science, writing, creativity…the list goes on and on," said Kindergarten Teacher Rachel Resto. "In every school day, we work in an hour of free play and almost an hour of outside play. Research is being highlighted daily about the importance of these two aspects in children's daily school day."
"Our goal by participating in this day is to make our local school community and the larger Williamsburg community aware that we believe in play as a form of learning and can use it in positive ways to increase our children's performance when developing the whole child. Free play allows children a chance to use materials or provocations set up by a teacher in whichever way they see fit, no mandatory switching, no final product, and no teacher requirements, except safety. Instead a teacher's role is to guide, enlighten, and join the children in their exploration."
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