As a Head Start Teacher I understand the importance of play. However many parents think that all their young children do at school is play. Play is learning in action. In the dramatic play center young children are developing their social/emotional, math, sensory, language, cognitive, skills. When children are actively engaged in action songs they are using their large and small motor, language, and social/emotional skills. When young children partake in family dining they are developing their social/emotional, language, math, and small motor skills. At story time young children are developing their literacy, language, and social/emotional skills. Each part of the day is full of an abundance of learning skills. So encourage your parents to come into the classroom and volunteer their time so they can see their children in action having fun and learning too.