Class Type: Play & Learn 4
Peers become more interesting to young children, especially throughout the preschool years and beyond. A prominent researcher of social development, Kenneth H. Rubin et al., recently demonstrated that infants imitate simple toy actions of their peers as early as twelve months. Not only does this finding suggest that children as young as one year are trying to make sense of what their peers do, it supports the importance of the role peers play in a child’s development. Scheduling play dates with other parents and children is an effective and fun way to provide your child with unstructured time to explore and play at her own pace and with peers. Participating in organized playgroups or parent-child participation programs is a great way for children to interact alongside each other with your supervision. Playgroups also provide you a place to share concerns, parenting tips, and adult conversation with other parents. Come to Gymboree Play & Music, offering terrific early childhood learning centers for over thirty years.