Play Is Serious

All jokes a side – play 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 unravel – and to get out of the way.

Play is a curriculum within it’s self – the adult role is to mainly supply the goods. 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. Healthy – emotional, physical, intelectual, spiritual, and social development is a result of play. Within a non-coercive, non-authoritarian, trusting, learning environment, where kids are free to explore, different dynamics occur when kids our at play. As adults, it is our DUTY to recognize the importance of play, a necessary part of living, as food and water. (TO BE CONTINUED)

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  1. #1 by Shirley on May 26, 2006 - 11:49 pm

    You’re invited too. Please read my post from today. Don’t miss the comments. 🙂



  2. #2 by Peripheral Vision on May 30, 2006 - 6:10 am

    As I always like to say, “I just the holder of the tape.” ~Michelle

  3. #3 by Peripheral Vision on May 30, 2006 - 6:11 am

    I guess I should say it right, “I’m just the holder of the tape.”

  4. #4 by riseoutcenter on May 31, 2006 - 4:24 am

    “I’m just the holder of the tape player.”

  5. #5 by Peripheral Vision on June 1, 2006 - 6:38 am

    Dude, that riseoutcenter is fuuunnnnnyyyy! Who is that radical kid you’ve got posing for you? What a rebel baby!

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