Friday, February 19, 2016

Fly the Play Flag



And never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we would have to defend children’s right to play.  Nancy Carlsson-Paige 

You and me both Nancy Carlsson-Paige.  

And yet with every passing year we see the push down effect of academic learning and structured programs, heralding the reduction of choice and uninterrupted play in early childhood programs.

If we are to defend the place of play in our early childhood programs, we need to be really, really effective at describing play in action and explaining its value for children’s learning.

If we are to defend the place of play in our early childhood programs, we need to be knowledgeable about how to maximise children's learning through play.   And to share this with families, confidently and often.  


If we are to defend the place of play in our early childhood programs, we need to use this knowledge to document and assess children's learning, and to be very intentional in creating learning environments where children's play can flourish.   And to share this with families confidently, and often.


Parents only want the best for their child.  So let's do our best to show parents that the best for their child is a childhood filled with play, in environments carefully planned and respectfully prepared by supportive and responsive educators who are good at what they do.

Talk about play.  Write about it, describe it, document it, give specific examples about the benefits of play, share the play greats of early childhood.  Support your educators in becoming confident and informed professionals who can stand firm in their knowledge and beliefs, and be proudly accountable for their practice.

Marinate families in the benefits of play.  

Be the voice, go forth and fly the play flag!








 



15 comments:

  1. Yeah I can't get how some people want children to spend more time studying or something else and not just letting the child go outside and play, children and playing go hand in hand in my opinion. I like it when Blain and Leo go outside to play and have fun not sitting in front of the telly playing on their Xbox

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  2. Great article, accompanied by wonderful pictures

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  3. Yes! It is so unfortunate that we have to advocate for something as natural as children's play. Now more than ever, it is becoming absolutely imperative that we do just that! I'm hopeful that our voices will be heard.

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  4. I just recently discovered Magda Gerber...I don't know how she went unnoticed by me for so long! I love the graphic with quotes - that will be going in my next parent newsletter :)

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  5. Some absolutely crucial quotes here. It's great to see children being so active. You can tell their imaginations are being stimulated in these pictures!

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  6. I agree. It is so important to share information about why we let children play outside and what they can gain from the experience.

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  7. Awesome piece of work. Nobody can bring childhood let the children play is one of my favorite blogs. Best investment on Earth is deliver knowledge to our upcoming generation.

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  8. Play is essential for the growth and development of a child's mind. This much has always been clear to those of us who work directly with children.

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  10. So glad to find you. Will keep following your conversations. If we let corporate education win our kids lose.
    Karen Meyer, Get Ready 4 Kindergarten

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