How Kids Learn......
I recently read a study on a group of 4 year olds. They were asked to stand as still as they could. Most could not stand for even a minute. But when asked to play make believe that they were guards manning a station, they could stand for longer than 4 minutes. In the same experiment, they were asked to memorize random unrelated words - which they all struggled to retain. Then they played Grocery Store and were asked to memorize a similar list - this time though, they were able to remember twice as many words.
Lesson learned - Spending more time on dramatic play will significantly improve their levels of self control, their language skills, social skills and processing skills.
With children it is all about PLAY!!!