PlayWHAT CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH PLAYJudith JohnsonEarly Childhood 1105Spring 2010
What do children learn through play? I chose this topic because I think play is so important. So much learning takes place during this time. Preschoolers’ playtime is being replaced by academic settings at an alarming rate. Youngsters are expected to forfeit their most important activity. I feel play helps prepare children for life.
Active, Physical PlayHopping, Running, Jumping, Dancing-develops large motor skills and coordination, strength, and stamina. Promotes healthy lifestyles for growing bodies.
Mental PlayExploring, Playing Games, Role-Playing, Speaking, Sharing Ideas-develops ability to express self, give opinions, use imagination, reasoning and logic.
SOCIAL PLAYFree Play, Games, Dramatic Play, Role-Playing, Contributing Ideas-develops social skills and confidence, teaches compromise and negotiating skills, expresses emotions.
EMOTIONAL PLAYRole-Playing, Drawing, Painting, Musical, Dramatic Play, Playing Hero or Bad Guy, Building Stations, Telling Stories-develops nurturing skills, feelings of fear, power, or control, teaches emotions of others, and awareness of self.
PLAY IS A TREASURED PART OF A CHILD’S EXISTANCE. Play offers many IMPORTANT and DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS!
PLAYHAVING FUN WHILE USING THE MIND AND SENSES TO LEARN!!
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