His post made me think again about play and preschoolers. I just don't understand why some people have a hang-up about play. More times than I care to remember, I've heard "You just play" about my classroom. And they say it like it's a bad thing.
A few years ago, I read Einstein Never Used Flash Cards. These quotes are pulled from that book:
- Play is to early childhood what gas is to a car.
- Play is a carefree space in which they can learn about their world and their place within it.
- Play is a safe haven in which our children can conquer their fears and work out emotional problems.
- Learning is always more powerful and lasting when it occurs in context.
[[And I would add that the context is created through play.]]
Let 'em play!