GRAND Magazine - January/February 2012 - (Page 28)

school readiness Imagine that! W By REmy AGEE e just got back from a trip to the moon! What an adventure! Our space shuttle “shook” as it launched. We felt the rocket boosters separate. And my grandson and I “bounced” on the moon’s surface, collecting moon rock samples. Numerous research studies document the educational value of child-directed, imaginative play that lets children explore old ideas and form new ones. Indeed, it’s innovative (imaginative) thinking that helps adults rebuild communities, create better computers and cars, design new medical technologies, explore the universe and develop alternative energy sources. Your grandchildren develop school readiness skills as well as “imagination is more important than knowledge —Albert Einstein critical attributes for success in life and work through imaginative play. This type of play lets them understand how they relate to the world around them, be innovative, feel compassion, handle fearful situations, develop problem-solving skills, delay gratification, practice new skills, learn cooperative play, negotiate conflicts and increase communication skills. And it’s active, rather than passive, play that helps develop a child’s imagination. Watching cars on television 28 GRAND JAN FEB 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - January/February 2012

GRAND – Jan/Feb 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz for Grandkids: A Safer World
Catching Up with Kay Glynn
Table of Contents
Grand Central
Riding the Age Wave
Healthy Grandkids: Nutrition No-No’s
“Natural” or Not?
Citrus Wonder: MCP
Cover Story: Werner Berger
School Readiness: Imagine That!
Toys ’n Tech
Healthy Grandparents
Grandparent Rights: Guilt Trip
Sex for Better Health

GRAND Magazine - January/February 2012