This is where we will chronicle our journey as we work collaboratively with families in order to prepare children for the larger world. Join us as we celebrate all that early childhood education offers through our observations and reflections. Be a witness to how families, children and teachers learn and grow together.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Play...The Work of Childhood
The following excerpt is from The Child Development Institute's website.
"Play Is The Work of the Child" Maria Montessori
According to Montessori, the essential dimensions of play are:
Voluntary, enjoyable, purposeful and spontaneous
Creativity expanded using problem solving skills, social skills, language skills and physical skills
Helps expand on new ideas
Helps the child to adapt socially
Helps to thwart emotional problems
If play is the work of the child, toys are the tools. Through toys, children learn about their world, themselves, and others. Toys teach children to:
Figure out how things work
Pick up new ideas
Build muscle control and strength
Use their imagination
Learn to cooperate with others
It is interesting that the importance of play as a valuable learning tool for children is often debated and even dismissed.
This week a conversation between two students was observed by one of our teachers. The students were carefully watering the grass they had planted the day before.
First child says to second child "We don't have homework. We just play."
To this the second child replied "You're learning, but you are having so much fun that you don't know it!"
If only all adults could see things as simply as our children.