The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

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The traditional role for teachers in children's play was to structure it, setting rules and interrupting if things got qout of handq. However, for children three to five, sociodramatic play is a way to invent and make familiar the rhythms and actions of everyday life. This text describes why play is a fundamentally important part of children's development and shows how adults can support and promote play. The authors offer systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts toward this end, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner, and describe both highly interactive and inhibited children from different economic backgrounds. The authors integrate cognitive and psycho-dynamic theory as well, regarding the scripts children play in both cognitive and affective terms, and they discuss the importance of fantasy and reality play themes, demonstrating the implications of play for literacy learning.If elementary-trained or untrained staff assume the roles of assessor, communicator, and planner, they are likely to fall back on familiar versions of the school game. It is through direct teaching and questioninga€” aquot;today wea#39;re learning the letter Baquot;a€” rather than planning for and ... They repeat her cute sayings to Grandma, take her picture and put it in the family album, and show her how to write the nameanbsp;...

Title:The Play's the Thing
Author: Elizabeth Jones, Gretchen Reynolds
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 1992

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