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When children have agency in their play

“When children have agency in their play, they learn to have agency in their lives.” ~ Cas Holman Just reading a particularly interesting article, ‘The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play’ – by Cas Holman  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048508/the-case-for-letting-kids-design-their-own-play She writes: … Continue reading

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The ‘transitional space’ of imaginary play

I’m still working off Graham Music’s book Nurturing Natures. Music writes: “The psychoanalyst Winnicott argued that what he called the ‘transitional space’ of imaginary play is the basis for all cultural activity, and he stated that ‘Cultural experience begins with … Continue reading

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Play – Music

“Feeling secure and at ease allows the possibility of play, and play itself can facilitate development.” ~ Graham Music (p.125) Explaining the concept of play as it relates to our (current) understanding of child development, Graham Music writes: “Play is … Continue reading

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earlier theories of play

Again, still working with some historic publications… Brian Sutton-Smith once gave an overview of the history of play theories. To quote some of the bits I found interesting, he wrote: “The earlier nineteenth-century theories of play – those of surplus … Continue reading

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I like nonsense

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” – Dr Seuss Quoted p.186 Anat Baniel (2012) kids beyond limits: breakthrough results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental delays. Perigee: New York

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Movement

“Movement is life; without movement life is unthinkable.” – Moshe Feldenkrais “Nothing happens until something moves.” – Albert Einstein Quoted p.48 Anat Baniel (2012) kids beyond limits: breakthrough results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental … Continue reading

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Behavior and self-image

“The behavior of human beings is firmly based on the self-image they have made for themselves. Accordingly, if one wishes to change one’s behavior, it will be necessary to change this image. What is a self-image? I wouild argue that … Continue reading

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movement and emotion

Introducing a collection of papers by Moshe Feldenkrais, David Zemach-Bersin also explains Feldenkrais’s approach: “Feldenkrais provides us with some of the most cogent and sophisticated arguments ever made for the biological and functional unity of the mind and body. During … Continue reading

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free play advice from 75 years ago

“Our adult world owes children many apologies, but one it owes more than any other. The special apology for having intruded on their play.” ~ Katherine Glover and Evelyn Dewer In a book first published in 1939, Lillian de Lissa … Continue reading

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