Play Essay

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Joanna Franco 9/13/2012 CDEV 65 Back to basics: Play in EC “Look Terry, I made you a cake for you!” I sat and watched the children play in the sand box. Myla and Sandy played on the playground pretending to climb a big white mountain. All the children run, jump, slide down, paint, kick balls, and pretend play in their school environment. Early childhood educators like John Locke, Friedrich Froebel and John Dewey all had one thing in common and that was “The Importance of Child Play.” Friedrich Froebel believed in the importance of arts, crafts, explore and experiment for a child to develop and learn by their own interests. John Dewey was the first to coin the four domains: language, social-emotional, physical and cognitive. These developments are important as the child grows all thru “PLAY.” “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers. Play is recognized as an important part of a child’s developmental stages. Kay Redfield Jamison quotes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Mr. Ronald Wolff gave 10 important things to enjoy in the classroom to their students and formally teachers but I will name a few. 1-learning should be fun & joyous; 2-give children choices; 3-allow children to create/build things; 4-show off children’s work; 5-have time to tinker; and 6-arts & crafts. Play can be described in many different meanings that can be found on the Webster’s Desk Dictionary of the English Language. The following definitions can be useful: fun or jest, as opposed to seriousness (e.g., to play peek-a-boo or sing a silly song); to act or imitate the part of a person or character (e.g., to play house); exercise or activity for amusement or recreation (e.g., to play tag). The cognitive development in term is a process of growth and change in abilities

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