Play Is Serious (Part 2)


The enterprise of play among youth is a serious matter. Play is the essence of learning for all humans. The over whelming joy and gaiety of children wading in a puddles, shaping a sand castle with their hands, making ice-cream from sand or dressing up a doll, is a carefully structured event at the heart of the experience of learning.

Play is a continuum of deeply enriched experiences and youth are architects, engineers, physicists, mathematicians and artists in control of their own discoveries or creations, as they execute their interpretation of the world. Playing is a humanistic need, a catalyst to learning. Our duty as parents, educators, nannies, and mentors is to construct their immediate surrounding with a myriad of materials, to provide the optimal environment for their play to fully thrive and most of all get out of their way.

Play is a curriculum within its self. However it is mainly invented by the young masters as they craft, mold, and design it as it unravels through their own experiences. Play is a complex dynamic leading to building relationships, communication, and a deeper understanding of life’s concepts. In itself play is both an independent and cooperative enterprise at the core building a sense of self.

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  1. #1 by mstracy on June 19, 2006 - 2:07 pm

    Absolutely! So how do you handle the parents that expect kindergarten skills and behavior from their kids because now they’re in “big kid school”?

  2. #2 by riseoutcenter on June 30, 2006 - 5:34 am

    Personally I have not delt with a parent of that expectation. However, I can imagine the anxieties and concerns of a parent who is under societal pressure, with an expectation of their child being of a kindergarden standard.

    “Big kid school,” where play is suppressed in particuliar before the age of seven, is a violation of individuallity and autonomy. And we should no longer stand for it, if the goal is to raise self sufficient, critical thinkers, who can follow their own intrinsic interests towards learning.

    What needs to taught, if we are to do any teaching, is that play is a valuable part of living and learning. And adults need to be constantly reminded of this.

    Thank you for such an interesting and thought provoking comment. Sorry it was so late.

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