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Another quote on the value of play

“Play – it’s natural for young children. We see children engaging in play almost from the moment of birth. They play with their hands; they play with sounds; and they play with almost anything anywhere. Animals and adult humans engage … Continue reading

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The germinal leaves of later life

“A child that plays thoroughly, with self active determination …will surely be a determined man … play at this time is not trivial, it is highly serious and of deep significance… the plays of childhood are the germinal leaves of … Continue reading

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Searching for the meaning of play

Vivian Gussin Paley observes: “We can approach the subject of play in more than one way. We can be guided by the aims and structures of ‘play scholarship,’ dealing with the theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues in rigorous, experimental ways, … Continue reading

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Friendship and fantasy – children’s stories and their function in the group

I really love Vivian Gussin Paley’s writing. I hadn’t yet read The Boy Who Would be a Helicopter and am just now enjoying it. In it, Paley describes her storytelling classroom and their re-enactments of those stories – all, of … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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It is important to recall memories of play

“As teachers of very young children it is important to recall memories of play so as to recognize the play that is presented by our youngest citizens.” ~ Adrienne Sansom (p.30) Arguing for the importance of play and recognition of … Continue reading

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