Bring back Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten despite Pandemic times

Bring back Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten despite Pandemic times

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Jennifer Lee started this petition to Ministry of Education and

Returning to school in Ontario during pandemic times is tricky, especially if you are starting or returning to Kindergarten. Ontarians have been told that play-based learning will continue in Kindergarten classrooms across the province, however this is not the case. Instead of sitting on the floor and singing songs and playing with toys, toddlers and preschoolers alike will be sitting in desks across the province, like they should when they are 12 years old. 

How will this impact students at the age of 3-5? Being told to sit in a chair instead of playing. Will they be scolded if they do not comply? 

Developmentally, children at this age are not ready to sit at desks. They simply have not developed the self-regulation to do so. Their attention span is too short, and they would not understand why they would have to comply. This will greatly affect their social and emotional development.

How will this affect their mental health and well-being? Students at this age have all been through enough with the closing of schools and the affect that this pandemic has had on our society, communities, and families. Starting school for the first time will be stressful enough, but now parents cannot reassure that school will be a safe, fun place to play and learn. Instead, they will have to sit in desks, away from their peers. In some school districts, they will be discouraged from singing songs, and will not even be able to sit in a circle on the floor. 

Let's push the Government of Ontario to ensure that play-based learning can continue in this province, in a safe, fun way for children to learn - with singing, playing (sitting on mats on the floor), and the social/emotional security that they need to grow.

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