Play is the highest form of research.
I love this quote, particularly as it relates to early childhood education. It has been an unprecedented discovery for me, as I provide the tools and allow my young children the freedom to simply play, that their curiosity compels them to find answers, their wonder drives them to explore, and their excitement causes them to create. In play the young mind comprehends things far more effectively than what structured desk time and educational work sheets dictate. They are but little, their minds are bright, their hearts are eager to know all there is to know. Playtime is essential for their development and is the most important basis of their education.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a
relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood."