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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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“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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All kinds of play are essential for learning and development

“…the historic stigma of play being regarded as frivolous still looms in the minds of a fraction of parents and educators. It is the experience of many educators who have really worked with children that they apparently respond more effectively … Continue reading

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explaining play

I mentioned this book already (Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives, Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998)) – but again, it’s great, and reading a different essay, I still really like how this book looks at play. I particularly … Continue reading

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play fighting

There is a book,  Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives, (Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998)) chock full of interesting essays about the value of play – as it relates to mammalian young. So much of this book … Continue reading

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“Gun play and why children need it” – Rich and Brownlee

Diane Rich explains: “The themes that children choose to play do not all involve nurses, mums and dads, princes and princesses. There are nasty things too: monsters, ghost, baddies and, inevitably, weapons of all sorts.” (Rich, p.1 – on my … Continue reading

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