“They just played this afternoon.”
There’s something about the just in that sentence that we all worry about in our children’s play. What if what they are doing isn’t enough? Unstrucutred play- how will I know that they are playing and learning and doing and and. If they have a book, a toy a something at least we know they are getting things done. That’s playing right?
Children need to play. We hear it all the time but what is play? There’s no easy way to explain it. Don’t worry this isn’t a philosophical episode or long definition about play instead we’re exploring what play is so that we can do more of it in our homes. Knowing what play is helps us choose preschools, clubs, and classes. There’s lots of pressure to get it right….do more….. start early. Always at the back of our mind we wonder are we doing the right thing. What if this play thing is wrong and my child is behind?
Dr Roberta Golinkoff, professor at the University of Deleware.She holds the H. Rodney sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware & has joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics is the guest for this episode. We’re covering a wide area of play for us to make up our minds about the play we have going on in our homes.
In the links below you’ll find some discussion questions to take away and talk with your spouse, partner, friends and family. It’s not until you talk about play that you find allies in your area and fellowship in numbers. In the comments, share your experiences of events( classes or clubs) you’ve been to that you went to for play? After hearing about the 5 elements of play how do they measure up?
MaryAnne of Mamasmiles.com and Carolyn of Pleasantestthing.com talk about routines in play through the many changes of parenting. Working outside the home, multiple children, new baby and staying at home- different seasons with different routines.
What’s your routine like?
Take a peak into Montessori.
Barbara Issacs, Academic Director of Montessori centre international, ( MCI) She’s also the author of Bringing the Montessori Approach to your Early Years Practice and Understanding the Montessori Approach: Early Years Education in Practice. She’s been a proprietor of a Montessori Nursery, trainer of Montessori teachers as well as Senior Accreditation officer for the Montessori Accreditation and Evaluation Board talks to us today about Montessori education
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What we learn in this podcast::
- Recognising Montessori education
- Who would benefit from montessori educational philosophy
- Montessori after the Early Years
- Basic montessori resources for play
- Learn what we would see in a Montessori Early childhood classroom
- What makes a good montessori school
- Starter Montessori activities at home
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Thank you for listening and being a playmate!