When I poke around the various sections here, I come across several questions asking about the best flashcards, the best way to teach a toddler or preschooler to read or hit other milestones early, the best workbooks... I see preschools that fall into the "learn through play" mocked by some CM members. The NY Times has a piece up now on this topic - Childhood play and it's value. After looking it over, what's your take?
Essay in Blog: The Mess of Child's Play
Excert from NYTimes Blogger, Lisa Belkin's post:
“Play is the work of children,” Captain Kangaroo (a k a Bob Keeshan) once said. “It’s very serious stuff.”
Equally serious, therefore, is the fact that children are getting less plain old play time lately. As my colleague Hilary Stout explores in the Home section today, a long list of social changes — the increased presence of screens and electronics, the decreased percentage of children who live near a playground or park, the escalation of parental fears about leaving children unsupervised, the growing pressure on schools to spend classroom time on academic pursuits — all make it harder for children to do their work.
I am a therapist and I use play therapy as a tool to assist parents in improving their parent/child relationship as well as assisting the child work through and process trauma or issues they may have. Play is the natural language of children. It is the way they process and articulate what is going on in their inner world. In fact, play is only universal language. ALL kids from every culture play. How do kids learn? 80% of learning is experience - for adults and children. I am a fan of real world experience instead of flash cards. Sometimes flash cards can be a very useful tool. But not all kids learn in the same way. Some are more visual, some are more tactile, some learn better through auditorymeans. My son learns more from doing and hands on. I am a big fan of Montessori because it incorporates so much of the play therapy concepts.
Answer by frogdawg at 9:10 AM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by KairisMama at 7:47 PM on Jan. 6, 2011
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Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 10:16 PM on Jan. 6, 2011
As another interesting fact, the creator of the play therapy concept was also a friend of Maria Montessori. Play therapy was derived from the concept of the Montessori method. It is about noticing how children learn and what works best for them.
Answer by frogdawg at 9:12 AM on Jan. 7, 2011
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