Great article by Lisa Murphy aka “The OoeyGooey Lady”

This article is a fabulous resource for learning how to communicate with parents and validate the benefits of PLAY. As teachers, we need to “train” our parents to understand that saying “We used playdough today” means we strengthened our hand muscles, talked about colors, shapes, and how it feels squishy not hard; that when our friend tried to take it out of our hand, we were able to use our words and ask for it back without hitting or yelling.  Someday we may not have to explain this to the parents when they pick up at the end of the day but for now, it’s great practice for us too – reminding us teachers about all the critically important social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills we are teaching our kids when we play with them.


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