Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
There is an increasing push to focus on academics at a young age and take play out of learning. Research shows that play is beneficial for the social and emotional development of children. Play helps children to learn self-control, emotion-regulation, communication, conflict resolution, and so much more. This senior capstone project explored how play is beneficial for the social and emotional development of children in kindergarten. Through a literature review and surveys conducted with fourteen kindergarten teachers in Monterey County, results showed how beneficial play is for kindergarten students. The results from surveys also revealed how teachers in Monterey County implement play in their classrooms. Ultimately, play provides kindergarten students with many social and emotional skills, however, the current curriculum calls for less play and more academics.
Andrade, Chelsea, "Benefits of Play for the Social and Emotional Development of Children in Kindergarten" (2019). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 498.
Early Childhood Education Commons, Elementary Education Commons, Liberal Studies Commons