Part two of a series on early childhood education explores the concept of fair play and why it is an important concept to teach children.
Why Does Fair Play Matter?
Teaching fair play as part of early childhood education also teaches boundaries and rules, or as this excerpt from the Raising Children Network shows:
“When it comes to children’s games, playing the game matters more than winning. But some healthy competition is good for children – when it’s handled well. So it’s important for you to teach your child to play fair and cope with the disappointment of losing.
Playing fair is about learning the rules of the game and putting them into practice – whether they’re special family rules for card or board games, or the rules at Saturday football. This way, everyone gets to enjoy the experience. In some games, there’s also room for making up new rules, which can be a great way to solve problems collaboratively and encourage children to be flexible. Playing fair is also about learning social rules, like taking turns and being polite. For children, it might mean helping out another child who is having trouble with the game, or giving others a fair shot at winning.” [SOURCE ARTICLE]
The way to teach children concepts like fair play is to use is positive reinforcement. You’d be surprised at how effective it is compared with negative reinforcement.
How Fair Play Helps Later in Life
In a success-driven culture like America, there have to be rules in place. Otherwise, every success that someone earns can be thought to be fraudulent. However, if someone follows the rules and makes it, they become an inspiration to other people. That’s where fair play comes in handy.
So remember, the lessons your children learn now will be with them the rest of their lives. So give them the advantage they need. Enroll them in a preschool today.
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