Sunday, 27 December 2009
Daughter dancing spontaneously - for ages - the photo taken on a mobile phone adds a certain atmosphere
There have been a variety of views aired this past year about the importance for play in young children and how much play should be allowed in nursery / infant school as a learning medium. Several people have criticised its value - I so disagree with them....
I have spent several days at home recently over the holiday period - more than for some time. It has been just fab watching my young daughters playing together, learning so much from play, experimenting, using role play, dance, and telling the most imaginative stories..
I must admit to hoping that when my 4 year old starts school in January she is allowed and encouraged to use play as a learning medium ... she really enjoys it... and is looking forward to to the whole school 'thing'. I just hope that she and her friends, all of whom learn in different ways and at different paces, keep the enjoyment and enthusiasm magic .... and that play is valued as an important learning medium... why wouldn't it be?