This post is the second in the series called "Just Playing?"
Please join fellow bloggers in the series as we offer photo prompts of PLAY to provoke group reflective practice and give voice to the developmental values that are imbedded in play.
Thanks to Amy from Child Central Station for starting this series which is a weekly blog hop for anyone [scroll to bottom of post to link up!]. Bloggers will be sharing photos - usually without supporting text - to allow readers to view and interpret Children At Play with a thoughtful, intentional lens.
We have all heard this before, and maybe even said it ourselves:
The children are "just playing". [gasp!]
However, as early childhood educators,we really do know better than that.
Research knows better than that, too. Play is the healthiest and most authentic way children learn about themselves, about others and about the world they live in. A great Play resource is The National Institue for Play led by founder Dr. Stuart Brown.
This week's 3 highlighted photos focus on the opportunity for small motor development and representational work during children's choice time in class.
What happens when children have access to writing tools?
What IS the power of a pen?Questions for consideration:
What is happening in the photos?
Who are the players?
What materials are present?
What are the developmental values embedded - possibly - in the scenarios?
Why is any of this play important?
|WHAT IS THE INTENTION HERE?|
|SIX MONTHS EARLIER THIS BOY HAD NO INTEREST IN DRAWING. TRUE?|
|WHAT CONCEPTS HAS THIS CHILD STARTED EXPLORING?|
This post is part of the "Just Playing?" Blog Hop!