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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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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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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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The principal task of childhood

According to Robert Sylwester, “The principal task of childhood is to discover how the world works. The world of 21st-century children is far more complex than that of their forebears: It now encompasses parallel natural and electronic environments and the … Continue reading

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Play shows us our common humanity

“Play shows us our common humanity. It shows us how we can be free within the societal structures that allow us to live with others. It is the genesis of innovation, and allows us to deal with an ever-changing world. … Continue reading

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Play is like fertilizer for brain growth

Stuart Brown states: “While it is an admirable (and even necessary) goal to make sure that all children attain a certain minimal level of education, the result has often been a system in which students are provided a rote, skills-and-drills … Continue reading

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People who had to move to think

I like this story… and I like how Lynne describes ‘people like her’: “When people know their core truths and live in accord with what I call their ‘play personality,’ the result is always a life of incredible power and … Continue reading

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play and narrative

Stuart Brown explains: “Play’s process of capturing a pretend narrative and combining it with the reality of one’s experience in a playful setting is, at least in childhood, how we develop our major personal understanding of how the world works. … Continue reading

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play deficits

Stuart Brown notes that: “There is laboratory evidence that there is a play deficit much like the well-documented sleep deficit. And just as a sleep deficit generates a need for extra ‘rebound’ sleep to catch up, laboratory research shows that … Continue reading

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